National Parks holds the line at Jillicambra bushfire

THE Jillicambra bushfire in Wadbilliga National Park over the last few days has grown to around 360 hectares but about half of that was controlled burns done by firefighters.

And the fire on Friday is being held to within proposed containment lines.

A lightning stike one week ago started the fire in the remote, inaccessible area due west of Narooma near Belowra.

National Parks incident controller Rob McKinnon said thunderstorms on Thursday did not bring any rain but there were no recorded lightning strikes either.

He just got off the phone with the Bureau of Meteorology getting the latest on more storms forecast for Friday afternoon that the firefighters would be watching closely.

“The good news is that things should settle down over the weekend – it will be warm but there won’t be any crazy winds,” McKinnon said.

There was access to the eastern flank of the fire by ground crews through Belowra and the Jillicambra fire trail where there had been some firebreaks put in a by a bulldozer.

The western flank of the fire was however very remote but fortunately the Tuross River and Bumberry Creek were providing natural breaks and Remote Access Firefighting Teams had been dropped into the area on Thursday and again Friday.

National Parks crews had been called in from as far away as Bombala and Sydney, while the RFS assistance was also greatly appreciated, McKinnon said.

There were also up to six helicopters working the fire and the aircraft and their crews were again using Narooma as a staging area and overnighting in the area.

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