Region Fire Update

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Fire threat is not over yet, stay diligent. Photo courtesy Fire and Rescue NSW Station 338 Jindabyne.

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By Steve Cuff

5.35pm Tuesday January 7

Firefighters will use more favourable conditions to continue work on strengthening containment lines today, which may include backburning operations, where conditions allow. While crews work to slow the spread of fire, use this time as well to prepare your property and discuss your bush fire survival plan with your family, ahead of forecast worsening conditions this Friday.

Cooler weather and yesterday’s rain has assisted fire fighters in containing the existing fires. All fires across the region have been downgraded to Advice Level only, but please DO NOT become complacent as there is still real ongoing fire threat.

Smoke will continue to affect all areas.

On Friday 10 January the forecast is for a bad fire day. Fire activity is expected to increase with higher temperatures and north westerly winds. Fires may impact in the Visitor Leave Zone.

The Snowy Monaro is still a Visitor Leave Zone. It remains unsafe for visitors and tourists to be in the red zone of this image.

Visitor Leave Zone – NSW Rural Fire Services

The Kosciuszko National Park is closed, Thredbo Resort is closed to tourists. Only select staff and residents are allowed in. The Alpine Way is closed from the entry gate near Skitube.

For all traffic conditions refer to Live Traffic via our emergency link page above.

Snowy Monaro – Fire Update

Evacuation centres in Bombala and Cooma are temporarily closed due to cooler conditions but will be opened if needed as fire activity increases.

Currently backburns are taking place by Monaro Team Rural Fire Service on Tuesday afternoon to aid in the containment of the Adaminaby Complex fires.
You may notice increased smoke activity. Areas are Yaouk and Denison to the west of Providence Portal and Bolaro area approximately 5km North East of Adaminaby.

Adaminaby Complex Fire – 20,000 hectares

Conditions eased overnight but multiple fires are burning to the north of Adaminaby in the Bugtown area is out of control.
A number of  bush fire are burning in remote terrain in the Scabby Range Nature Reserve. The Mt Norton fire near Shannon’s Flat has been included in this fire.
Firefighters, assisted by heavy plant machinery, continue working to slow the spread of the fire.
Building impact assessment teams will be deployed to assess damage to properties.
Advice – If you are in the areas between Yaouk in the north and Lake Eucumbene in the south including Adaminaby and Shannons Flat or Bugtown, Old Adaminaby and Anglers Reach monitor conditions. Know what you will do if fire threatens.

Doubtful Gap Trail – 35,000 hectares

A bush fire is burning in the Snowy Plain area and is out of control and conditions have eased. The fire is burning in the area west of Eucumbene Cove, Braemar Bay and surrounding areas.
Advice – If you are in the areas of Snowy Plains, Eucumbene Cove, Braemar Bay, Nimmo, Nimmo Camp and surrounding areas monitor conditions. Know what you will do if fire threatens.

Kosciuszko National Park

Large fires have impacted the northern part of Kosciuszko National Park around Kiandra, Tantangara, Adaminaby and Eucumbene Cove in recent days.
There are other uncontained fires in the south west of Kosciuszko National Park around Geehi, the Alpine Way, The Pilot Wilderness and the Lower Snowy River (near the Victorian Border).
Other large, uncontained fires exist to the south and west of Kosciuszko National Park in Victoria
Lightning and ember attacks may result in additional fires.

It is unlikely that these fires will be contained in the coming days or weeks

Thredbo Resort is closed for this reason with Geehi (433 hectares), Pilot Lookout (1000 hectares) and Tin Mines (391 hectares) their main concern.

Pilot Lookout – 1000 heactares

Multiple fires are burning in the remote Kosciuszko National Park, south of Mount Kosciuszko and is out of control.
Fire activity eased on the fireground overnight.
Advice – If you are in the areas of Thredbo Village, Little Thredbo, Bullocks Flat, Crackenback and surrounds, there is a reduced threat.
Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Nine Mile Complex  – 1122 hectares

This fire is burning 50km SSW of Jindabyne and is out of control.

Good Good Fire – 26,000 hectares

A bush fire is burning in the area east of Cooma and Bredbo and is out of control, conditions have eased overnight.
As this fire is so large it has been given 3 names

The Good Good fire is impacting the Numeralls, Jerangle and Peak View area north of Bredbo River and north of Numerella.
The Badja Forest Road, Countegany section of the fire is imapcting Bega Valley.
The Jinden fire is impacting Queanbeyan-Palerang area.
Crews continue working to protect properties in the surrounding areas, The Inaloy Trail fire has merged with this fire.
Advice – If you are in the area of Peak View, Jerangle, Jerangle Village, Numeralla, Countegany and surrounds monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Rockton – 35,000 hectares

A bush fire is burning in the Rockton area south east of Bombala and is out of control and may impact Bombala, Delegate and surrounds.
Current Situation – This fire is part of a larger fire burning in Victoria, it has crossed the Victorian border at multiple points into New South Wales.
The fire is burning through bushland and pine forest in a predominantly north westerly direction.
Fire activity eased overnight, however there is still active fire.
Advice – If you are the areas of Bombala including Mila Road, Monaro Highway, Rosemeath Road, Link Road and Rosedale Road, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if fire threatens.

Victorian Border

There are numerous fires burning in the upper Gippsland area that are close to the NSW border, some have crossed the bored. See the Vic Emergency page for closer details.



Snowy Valleys and Corryong Area – Fire Update

Some towns have been heavily impacted by direct fire, property has been lost and several main roads into the area are closed.

There are multiple fires burning in the area including the Green Valley, Talmalmo fire and the East Ournie Creek fire.
These fires may merge in the area.

Talbingo has a boil water alert.

Residents of the Goobarragandra Valley – Community Meeting January 8 – Lacmalac Hall 6pm
This meeting is about the strategic plan for containing the eastern edge of the fire and the plan ahead from the weekend.

Dunns Road / East Ournnie Creek – 313,000 hectares

This fire is burning in multiple directions and is out of control.
Conditions have eased and firefighters continue working to protect property, slow the spread of the fire and establish containment lines.
Advice –
Mundaroo, Ournie, Mannus, Tooma and surrounding areas.
There are multiple fires burning in the area including the Green Valley, Talmalmo fire and the East Ournie Creek fire.
These fires may merge in the area.
Monitor the conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Talbingo, Wondalga, Kunama, Batlow and surrounding areas.
Fire has passed through this area and there are/may still be active fire and unburnt areas.
Monitor the conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.
Be alert for falling trees and branches.

Ellerslie, Adelong, Rosewood, Tumbarumba and surrounds and Tumut.
Monitor the conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.
Be alert for embers and spot fires.

Green Valley, Talmalmo (Greater Hume LGA) – 182,000 hectares

This fire now covers a broad area. Do not leave into Victoria. All access roads into Victoria are closed.

If you are on the southern side of the fire, south of the Murray River, monitor the Vic Emergency website for updates.
For information on the Dunns Road and East Ournie Creek fires visit the major fire update.
Advice

Jingellic, Lankeys Creek and surrounds.
Conditions have eased. Monitor the conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.
A number of roads are blocked and closed. Be alert to embers and spot fires.

The Dunns Road and East Ournie Creek fires are also burning to the north east. There is potential for fires in the area to merge.
Kosciuszko National Park, Tintaldra, Greg Greg, Towong, Bringenbrong, Khancoban, Geehi, Tom Groggin and other remote areas.
Monitor the conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Fire has impacted towns in the Snowy Valleys region. Here the Batlow Shell service station severely burnt. Photo Riverina Highlands RFS



Bushfire Charities

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Be sure to only donate to genuine charities, and to look out for scammers.

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Assistance

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Call 180 22 66 when it’s safe to do so. Staff are available from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday to take your calls.

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