Dunns Rd blaze done and dusted

THE Dunns Road fire, which has been burning since December 28 last year, was declared out by fire authorities on Saturday evening.

“We declared the Dunns Road fire out at six o’clock on Saturday evening and we revoked the Section 44 at eight o’clock,” Riverina Highlands RFS Primary Deputy Incident Controller Jon Gregory said.

However, the Rolling Grounds fire, which entered NSW from the ACT, is still alight, but not the threat it once was.

“We’ve got some active fire up there, but it’s gone back to a class one fire (this means land agencies manage the fire, and the NPWS is currently managing this fire),” Mr Gregory said.

This fire is burning entirely within Kosciuszko National Park, mainly in the Blue Water Holes-Cooleman Plan area.

The threat to Bondo State Forest is minimal, but fire authorities aren’t going to take any chances.

“You never say never, but at this stage it’s looking pretty good,” Mr Gregory said.

“We are taking precautions and making sure all the hotspots are out. With the ongoing thunderstorm and lightning we and State Forests are keeping an eye on that; any reports of lightning strikes we’re investigating those.”

The RFS will be utilising aircraft with Forward-Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) cameras to detect hot spots, and then sending in crews to put them out.

With the lessened fire activity local crews have been able to get much deserved and valuable rest time.

“They’ve basically gone back to normal, but they are still responding to 000 calls because we do that,” Mr Gregory said.

“The staff here (Riverina Highlands RFS HQ in Tumut) have also had the chance to have a little bit of a rest.”