Consolidation day as conditions ease for Dunns Road Fire

The Dunns Road fire, now listed as having burned about 100,000 hectares, remains at watch and act alert this morning.

Conditions were described as easing.

RFS Riverina Highlands’ Peter Jones said the fire had not moved much overnight.

In his regular update with local radio station Sounds of the Mountains, he said there was a lot less active fire edge this morning.

Today, and the next two days, crews would focus on “consolidate, consolidate, consolidate.

A map outlining the fire ground issued earlier this morning.

There was the hope of re-opening roads in the region sometime today.

There would be a focus on the Batlow area, around Kunama, with the hope the road between Tumbarumba and Batlow, as well as the Lower Bago area, would be open to make it safe to allow people back in.

Roads information can be at Live Traffic NSW.

He urged Batlow residents to continue to be on high alert for the coming days.

“We have good containment on that fire near Kunama, hopefully it won’t impact Batlow at all, but they need to remain alert,” Mr Jones said.

“It’s the same for Talbingo.

“We’re not taking our eye off the ball. We have two days of reasonably good weather for us to get on top of this.”

A number of homes were impacted in the Lower Bago area, as well as Tumbarumba, yesterday, in a difficult 24 hours for fire-fighters.

The bureau is predicting a change on Saturday, which would potentially put pressure on the western edge of the fire, amid rising temperatures.

Heavy smoke has cloaked towns in the region, including Tumut, and the Gundaga-Addlong Racing Clubi has called off its Adelong Cup race meeting today due to the hazardous smoke.

Mr Jones said that smoke was likely to remain for days. The smoke has grounded aircraft, which Mr Jones said would get up in the air when they could.

Tumut, and other towns across the region, are cloaked in smoke.

The fire has impacted communication and power services in the areas of Tumbarumba, Jingellic, Tooma and surrounding areas. Mount Ikes and Mount Tumbarumba have been impacted by fire and this has resulted in no mobile communications in the area. Disruption to services is expected to continue for several days.

Here’s the official advice from the NSW RFS

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Batlow and surrounding areas

  • Monitor the changing conditions.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan, and know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Kunama, Wondalga and surrounds

  • The south westerly change is pushing the fire towards these areas.
  • If your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, leave now towards Tumut before conditions become too dangerous.
  • Activate your bush fire survival plan.

Tumbarumba Road, Tumbarumba township or Taradale Road

  • Monitor the changing conditions.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.
  • The Green Valley fire is burning south west of Tumbarumba and following the south westerly change, it will push the fire towards Tumbarumba.

Darlow near Yaven Creek Road and Ellerslie Road

  • Monitor the changing conditions.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan, and know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Campers in the Talbingo area

  • Be alert for embers and spot fires.
  • Spot fires can start fires ahead of the main fire front.
  • It may not be safe to leave the area. Shelter as the fire approaches.

Areas west of Blowering Dam and Talbingo Dam

  • Monitor conditions. Watch out for smoke and embers.

If you are threatened by fire

  • Do not be in the path of the fire.
  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Wear protective clothing and footwear. Cover all exposed skin.
  • If the fire impacts, seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000).
  • If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

Neighbourhood Safer Places

  • Neighbourhood Safer Places are a place of last resort during a bush fire emergency.
  • Darlow NSW RFS Shed – Ellerslle Woolshed Road, Ellerslie
  • Yaven Creek NSW RFS Shed – Yaven Creek Road, Yaven Creek
  • Tumbarumba Sportsground – Lauder Street, Tumbarumba
  • Memorial Park – Corner of Memorial Ave and Wakefield Ave, Batlow
  • Adelong Showground – Campbell Street, Adelong
  • Wondalga RFS Shed – Cnr Wondalga Road and Greenhills Road, Wondalga

Other Information

  • Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking the NSW RFS website, listening to your local radio station, or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • People with respiratory conditions who are affected by bush fire smoke should activate their health management plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions, such as staying indoors and closing windows.
  • For information on road closures, check Live Traffic NSW. Roads may be closed without warning.
  • Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.

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The Department of Family and Community Services has activated a number of evacuation centres.

Residents are advised that Evacuation Centres have been established at the following locations:

• Tumbarumba RSL Club, 34/40 Winton St, Tumbarumba.

• Adelong Services, Citizens & Bowling Club, 54 Tumut Street, Adelong.

• Holbrook Library, Library Court, Holbrook.

These centres will provide residents access to services including welfare for evacuees and direction to assist with small animals.

Those residents seeking to take shelter only can do so at:

• Batlow RSL, 6 Mayday Rd, Batlow.

• Club Tumut, 24-30 Richmond Street Tumut.

• Talbingo Country Club, Bridle Street, Talbingo

Note these Centres do not provide access to welfare or animal services.

Local Land Services and NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) are on the ground providing assistance to landholders who have been impacted by the fire at the following location:

• Tumut Showground is now open as a self-care shelter place for domestic and large animals. Plenty of room including for horses, cattle, sheep and poultry. Local Land Services staff are on site to provide assistance and advice.

• Holbrook Showground is now open as a self-care shelter place for domestic and large animals. Plenty of room including for horses, cattle, sheep and poultry. Local Land Services staff are on site to provide assistance and advice.

Anyone affected by the fires and have concerns about your livestock, pets, companion animals or wildlife, call the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647 for assistance. https://www.lls.nsw.gov.au/emergency/bushfires

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