Dunns Road fire grows to more than 54,000 hectares

A map of the fire ground.

The Dunns Road fire now stretches from north west of Adelong, to down in the south past Cabramurra and Tooma, having burned more than 54,000 hectares.

RFS Riverina Highlands spokesperson Peter Jones told Sounds of the Mountains’ Dave Eisenhauer this afternoon in an update that the predicted change had come through, elevating winds to up to 90km/h.

Aircraft were grounded amid the strong winds, which had now started to ease, and Mr Jones said there was the hope that aircraft would be up in the air this afternoon.

Mr Jones said the threat to the township of Tumbarumba, where fire had burned since this morning, had eased, with the fire going beyond Tumbarumba and into Maragle State Forest.

Firefighters are experiencing significant winds at higher elevation.

 “We are not seeing the fire move as rapidly as it did overnight,” Mr Jones said.

While there had been an ember attack moving towards Talbingo earlier in the afternoon, the front had not moved as quickly west as fire authorities initially predicted, he said.

“The emergency warning for people to remain in place in Talbingo is still active,” Mr Jones said. “If we get through this afternoon and into this evening, we should be able to relax some of those warnings.

“The situation is still volatile, and there’s still a long way to go in terms of putting this fire out.”

He said there’d been reports of embers falling around Adaminaby and into the northern part of Kosciuszko National Park.

The working town of Cabramurra, which has been evacuated, is under some threat.

Mr Jones said fire authorities could never guarantee that any town, whether that be Batlow, Talbingo or Tumbarumba, would be safe from fire.

The view from Batlow Road, south-west of Batlow.

“No town anywhere is invulnerable to fire,” Mr Jones said. “You can get attack by embers falling kilometres in front of a fire.”

He said the eastern edge and the southern edge, especially around Maragle, McPherson’s Plains, and towards Talbingo, were the areas that were most active.

Here’s the latest advice from the RFS, issued just before 4pm:


Tumbarumba Road, Tumbarumba township or Taradale Road

  • It is too late to leave.
  • Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • The Green Valley fire is burning south west of Tumbarumba and will be affected by a south westerly change, which will push the fire towards Tumbarumba.

Darlow near Yaven Creek Road and Ellerslie Road

  • It is too late to leave.
  • Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

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.

Kunama, Batlow and Wondalga and surrounds

  • A strong south westerly change is expected across the fireground today, and is likely to push 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.
  • Put your bush fire survival plan into action.

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, Sounds of the Mountains, 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.