CENTRAL Tilba RFS brigade firefighters returning from the a tough 12-hour day blacking out on out-of-control bushfire west of Bodalla say it is burning in extremely rugged country and will be tough to fully contain.
The group of firefighters was hosing down their dusty appliance after spending all day Sunday with their RFS colleagues to attempt to contain the Buckyjumba fire located in extremely rugged country about 10km north of Belowra in Deua National Park.
The RFS currently is still listing the fire north of Narooma as Out of Control, covering 626 hectares.
A community meeting was advertised on RFS Facebook sites to be held at Nerrigundah Rural Fire Service brigade’s station on Saturday afternoon.
About 40 people attended including the RFS fire control officer and National Parks to explain the situation, answering questions from the public.
The rural hamlet of Nerrigundah lies to the east of the fire and resident Deb Threllfall posted the following message on Facebook on Saturday:
“For all those that have asked....we are sitting pretty good with our fire as it has been travelling north and if a westerly does hit it, it is now above us and should bypass.
It's currently quite small at just under 500 hectares and fire control have a good rotation of volunteer crews out, including my son, who are back burning, rake hoeing, bulldozing a barrier should it be needed."
On Friday, the day after the fire broke out, Belowra local Yvonne Thomson said the open farmland in her area should be safe.
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