FIREFIGHTERS across the Narooma district must have been breathing a sigh of relief when not insignificant rain started late Monday night with Moruya scoring 3mm by 1am this morning.
The Buckyjumba Fire located north of Narooma and west of Bodalla on Monday night was one of 63 fires burning across NSW, and one of the 17 still listed as out of control.
The Narooma RFS brigade on its Facebook site on Monday reported that two more of its members on Sunday went to the Buckyjumba Fire and the brigade will continue to support the other crews at out there near Belowra.
The main contingent is still in Narooma for anything local.
Also out on the fire ground over the weekend was the Central Tilba brigade’s Cat 7 appliance.
The RFS Far South Coast issued the following release late on Monday night:
Fire is still burning in the Deua National Park and Dampier State Forest, 15kms west of Nerrigundah, 20kms northwest of Tinpot and 3km north east of Belowra Valley.
The fire is now approximately 750ha.
The combined efforts of ground crews, heavy machinery and aircraft have restricted the growth of this fire under challenging conditions.
Weather conditions on Monday were not as bad as forecast and this has assisted control efforts.
These crews are a mix of RFS volunteers, NPWS staff and Forestry Corporation staff working together towards a common goal.
Residents can expect continued aircraft activity in the area between Belowra and the fire ground with an airbase currently operating from near Belowra Park with three helicopters.
It is expected that the smoke from the fire may be visible for some time as this fire will continue to burn until significant rainfall occurs across the fire ground, this is being coupled with smoke drifting across the Far South Coast from fires in the Southern Highlands and further north.
There are currently no road closures in the area, however, residents should monitor conditions and check with the RMS to ensure they have the most up to date information.
Residents should also be aware that fire vehicles will be travelling back and forth from Staging Areas in Bodalla in the morning and evening. This is causing significant dust hazards on unsealed roads. Whilst every effort is being made to minimise damage these roads may become difficult if we do get any rain. Residents should remain aware of the situation as conditions can change quickly.
Whilst conditions for Tuesday remain favourable every effort will be made to reinforce containment lines ahead of more challenging conditions on Wednesday. Residents should remain aware of the situation as conditions can change quickly.
Events throughout the rest of the state are understandably placing demands upon resources, yet at this stage we are doing well with what is available.
Whilst our focus is on dealing with the job in front of us our thoughts are with those who have already suffered losses elsewhere in the state.
· Remain vigilant, conditions can change quickly.
· Prepare your property for bushfires.
· If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan now is the time to prepare one.
· Consider how you will protect pets and livestock
· Stay informed about the weather conditions and fire situation by listening to local radio or checking the Rural Fire Service Website.
· Updates on this fire are also available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by calling call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).
· Find out the latest Fire Danger Rating in your area at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).
· For information on road conditions or closures, please call the NSW RTA on 131 700 or check
. Remember roads may be closed without warning.
· If you need to report a new fire or require urgent assistance, dial Triple Zero (000).