Bushfire west of Narooma hard to access

THE Jillicambra bushfire in the Wadbilliga National Park due west of Narooma continues to burn in very inaccessible country.

National Parks was coordinating the firefighting using helicopters and more recently bulldozers to put in fire breaks with RFS crews from the region joining firefighting effort on Tuesday.

The fire so far had burned around 80 hectares with back burning yesterday expected to double that to 160 hectares.

National Parks incident controller Stephen Dovey said the fire may only be fully extinguished in the next rains, but it was hoped remote access firefighting teams could access the fireground on Wednesday.

It was believed to have been started by a lightning strike last week and interestingly prevailing winds had pushed the smoke south and west up the escarpment.

The Eurobodalla RFS Facebook page on Tuesday reported that crews were still working on the Jillicambra fire which was burning in the north western corner of Wadbilliga National Park.

“This fire is on the eastern side of the Tuross River, approximately 11km south west of Belowra.

“Whilst there is no current threat to private property residents may be impacted by significant amounts of smoke.

“Areas likely to be effected by smoke include Belowra, Yowrie, Wandella and Cobargo. Areas to the west of the fire including Countegany, Numeralla and Cooma may also be impacted by smoke.

“Residents can expect to see an increase in smoke during the day if conditions become suitable for backburning. Please keep yourself informed at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

There is another fire in the Narooma area being at Goughs Road, Yowrie just west of Cobargo.

Cobargo based photographer Warren Purnell from Over U Photography on his own Facebook praised the response of firefighters to the Yowrie fire on Tuesday.

“Thanks to the rapid response of the Cobargo RFS brigade, and the RFS Firebird 200 helicopter, redirected from the Jillicambra fire, as well as Matt Evans with his bulldozer, a fire was snuffed out before it could spread.”

The Narooma News meanwhile last week incorrectly identified Mick Marchini as the captain of the Narooma RFS brigade when he is in fact now the deputy group officer while Adrian Cooper is the Narooma RFS captain.

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