Cooler conditions tonight for firefighters

The scene from Wondalga this evening.

RIVERINA Highlands RFS District Coordinator Peter Jones says fire crews can expect calming conditions in the field tonight, after the Dunns Road fire came to life this afternoon.

 “The smoke lifted and as a result of the smoke lifting more oxygen got into the fire,” Mr Jones said.

“The smoke was actually helping suppress the fire a little but we weren’t able to get aircraft up because of it.

The Dunns Road fire has burnt 123,000 hectares and is currently being fought by 150 firefighters with 50 tankers, 13 heavy plants and three aircraft. There are also 50 incident management personnel working out of the Riverina Highlands RFS centre in Tumut.

Fire moved closer to Batlow, near Old Tumbarumba Road, and Talbingo, with a blaze at Buddong.

Talbingo was the subject of a couple of emergency warnings for Talbingo with ember attack.

 “There’s been activity at the northern end of the Green Hills State Forest, and we have had crews on that all day, same as at the Ellerslie Nature Reserve in the north,” Mr Jones said.

Saturday is shaping as a very challenging day for fire crews.

 “The forecast for our area for Saturday is 44 degrees with north, north-west and easterly winds averaging about 30km/h but potential up to 60 km/h in spots on this fire ground,” he said.

“That will put pressure on any edge that is not currently contained. “There is potentially some rain Sunday-Monday, but that’s a chance . And it won’t be enough.”