Cobargo bushfire destroys home, flares up briefly in Monday wind

Firefighters continue to monitor a bushfire south of Cobargo which destroyed a converted home on Saturday.

Far South Coast RFS managerJohn Cullen said a small reignition of the blaze on Monday morning was brought under control in windy but cold conditions.

With August registering its lowest rainfall levels on record for the Bega region, Mr Cullen said conditions are extremely dry.

While initial reports on Sunday were a shed had been destroyed by Saturday's bushfire, it is now understood the structure had been converted into living quarters.

Marty Webster from the Bega Valley Rural Fire Service said on Sunday, reports indicate the shed was being lived in by a resident south of Cobargo, and was completely destroyed by fire.

While nobody was injured, a post to social media on Sunday afternoon claimed his brother's shed home was destroyed, and friends and family had quickly begun building a "temporary house" on the property.

Photo: Mel Britton.

Photo: Mel Britton.

Local resident Mel Britton said she saw the fire start on power lines across the road from her house.

"I called 000 straight away and by the time I got off the phone it had travelled up the hill to the bush and right across the back of neighbouring homes - it was very fast moving, with every wind gust it ran. It was very scary"

The fire was initially rated at an emergency level, with the council opening an evacuation centre in Bermagui.

However, by 6pm crews had brought the fire under control.

"We've still got work to do, but the fire is now listed as contained," Mr Webster said.

"We will be working on it for a few more days, and more strong winds are predicted for Monday."

He said the RFS arrived within minutes and a "cooperative effort" along with Fire and Rescue NSW and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service had helped contain the fire to just over 100 hectares.

The fire was also brought under control with the help of 34 people using 13 appliances, two helicopters and a fixed-wing plane, two bulldozers and a grader.

Strong winds across NSW have made firefighting conditions difficult as dozens of fires burn out of control across the state at the start of Spring.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, winds reached speeds of 76kmh across the weekend, with the blustery conditions predicted to ease by Wednesday. The bureau said last week, rainfall levels are likely to be below average across most of the country for the rest of the year.

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