RURAL Fire Service firefighters from the Narooma district have been deployed around the region to assist their fellow volunteers.
And with bad fire conditions forecast again for the end of the week, the bush fire battle is far from over.
The current bushfire emergency around NSW started in the district with the fire at Brogo during last Tuesday’s heatwave conditions.
Among the first to be deployed was the “Cat 7” tanker of the Dalmeny Kianga Rural Fire Service brigade.
This much-loved tanker and Dalmeny RFS volunteers had since been tasked to attend the Dean’s Gap fire just south of Nowra, while also responding to Wednesday’s close call at Dalmeny Beach.
The Narooma brigade and one its appliances meanwhile, tasked to the Sand Hills fire at Bungendore that last week closed the Kings Highway.
And still working yesterday at the Cooma fire control centre was Eurobodalla operations officer Russell Clark, who is helping to oversee the huge 12,000-hectare Yarrabin fire.
Mr Clark said calmer conditions and light rain, which actually hindering back burning operations, had allowed firefighters to gain the upper hand.
And while there were never any guarantees with bush fires, the main goal was to stop the fire entering the Wadbilliga National Park, which stood between that fire and the coast.
On the other side of the national park was the Brogo fire that similarly due to the conditions had largely been contained.
“Fire activity is very minimal but it’s being thoroughly patrolled and monitored with blacking out where needed,” Mr Clark said.
The Rural Fire Service in the Eurobodalla late last week was flooded with calls from people concerned about the thick smoke blanketing the region and the Narooma district.
Mr Clark at that time said he was keen to get the message out that the smoke was due to northerly winds blowing down smoke from the Dean’s Gap fire in the Shoalhaven.
There had been people reporting seeing think smoke in areas from Dalmeny to Mystery Bay and wanting to know whether there was a fire in the area.
But Mr Clark said the smoke was being blown in as there were currently no fires in the Eurobodalla.
Back in Narooma, a fire was lit in logs and other debris at premises in the Narooma Industrial Estate on Sunday morning despite it being a total fire ban day.
The RFS attended to extinguish the fire. Police interviewed a 59-year-old Narooma man at the scene and are making further inquiries.
Confirming the need to have a bush fire safety plan in place and being prepared was an incident where a Brogo resident, spurned into action by the approaching bush fire last week, discovered that their fire pump worth $700 had been stolen in the past three months.
Now Thursday and Friday were shaping up as bad conditions for fire and Mr Clark urged locals and visitors to adhere to total fire ban regulations, have their own bush fire safety plans in place and to report any fires to 000 immediately.
Firies dropped into Goulburn fire
A GROUP of Rural Fire Service firefighters from the Far South Coast last week returned from an aerial assault on a bushfire near Goulburn.
Travelling up to Goulburn were Daniel Bailey from the Narooma RFS brigade, Jason Snell from the Dalmeny RFS brigade, Colin Knight from the Malua Bay RFS brigade and Damian Oborn from the Bingi RFS brigade.
The local firefighters were sent Goulburn Airport on Monday to be deployed to a remote area fire by helicopter, as the area was not accessible by vehicle.
Mr Bailey said the fire northwest of Nerriga and east of Goulburn was only accessible by specialist Remote Area Firefighting Team (RAFT) members, who were winched in.
“We were deployed on Monday to the fire due to the Catastrophic Fire Danger Index predicted for the following day on Tuesday,” he said.
“The fire we were deployed to had a very high chance of spreading into nearby pine plantations only a few kilometres away, and then continuing on to the Shoalhaven region to possibly cause further havoc and devastation.
“It took approximately five hours to contain and blackout the fire, and we were assisted by Hornsby RAFT, and the Rural Fire Service's Kawasaki BK117 helicopter, the one we were winched in from, with its “Bambi Bucket”, and the Bell 212 helicopter with its large belly tank.”
Since then other RAFT qualified volunteers had been deployed to other fires around the region.