Dunns Rd fire remains at watch and act alert level this morning

The view from the ‘Cow and Calf, on the Batlow Rd, looking towards Greenhills State Forest, yesterday evening.

The Dunns Road Fire remained listed at watch and act alert overnight, having now burned more than 130,000 hectares.

Fire-fighters had cooler conditions overnight, after the fire front became more active yesterday afternoon and evening.

The fire front moved towards Old Tumbarumba Road, to the west of Batlow yesterday evening, and burned through pine to the edge of the Wondalga farming community, south west of Adelong, as residents there described “raining ash”.

At Talbingo, which was the subject of two emergency alerts yesterday as the fire burned near Buddong, conditions were described as easing.

Deteriorating conditions are expected Saturday.

The NSW RFS map of the fire on Thursday morning.

We’ll have more as today unfolds.

Here’s the official advice of the NSW RFS as of 7.05am.

Current Situation

  • The fire is burning south of the Snowy Mountains Highway in the Ellerslie Range near Kunama and Laurel Hill.
  • Fire is burning in a south easterly direction towards Talbingo.
  • Spot fires yesterday started ahead of the main fire front and have spread.
  • Firefighters are continuing to work to slow the spread of the fire.


Talbingo area

  • Fire activity is easing in the area.
  • Monitor conditions. Be alert for embers and spot fires.

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.

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

  • An evacuation centre is opening at the Adelong Services, Citizens & Bowling Club, 54 Tumut Street, Adelong.
  • 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.