Blowering blaze update

Phil Barton took this photo of the Snubba Trail fire from Blowering Dam on Saturday night.
Phil Barton took this photo of the Snubba Trail fire from Blowering Dam on Saturday night.

Update 9.25pm

A fire near Blowering Dam  is not contained, with fire-fighters tonight trying to shore up containment lines on the north-eastern front, near the Blowering Dam wall.

Easterly winds have placed pressure on western containment lines. Of the two fires in the Tumut Shire, the Blowering blaze is now concerning fire officials the most.

The fire is just over 1200 hectares and is proving difficult fire fighters due to the steep terrain and erratic winds.

Residents to the north along the Tumut River and to the west of Snubba Road should continue to monitor the fire’s progress and be prepared to enact their bushfire survival plan.

Predictions of southerly winds later in the week have the potential to push the fire further north and fire-fighters are currently backburning around the dam wall.

No property is under immediate threat.



Fire-fighters are working to keep a major fire on the western side of Blowering Dam from entering pine plantations.
The fire has burned 650 hectares of mainly hardwood forest in steep terrain on the Snubba Trail.
Rural Fire Service and forestry personnel have been working to contain the blaze so it doesn’t break out into pine plantations on the western foreshore of the dam, whilst also protecting private property at East Gilmore.
The fire is located about 13km south west of Tumut. Two dozers worked with fire-fighters to create fire breaks around isolated properties in the vicinity of the blaze last night, whilst heavy machinery also worked to create access to the top of the range.
A number of campers on the western side of the dam were asked to leave by police and an exclusion zone on Blowering Dam has been enacted between The Pines camping area and the Blowering Dam wall, to allow a water bombing plane access to water.
The plane will continue to water-bomb the blaze throughout this afternoon. The fire is currently somewhere more than two kilometres from pine plantations.

District manager of the RFS Riverina Highlands Zone Ian Stewart said fire-fighters were doing everything they could to contain the fire.

“Our priority is always life and property, but we are also making a significant effort to keep the fire out of the plantation,” Superintendent Stewart said. “Those plantations are the economic lifeblood of the region.”