Ellerslie blaze battle continues

The fire ground at Ellerslie yesterday

Significant fire-fighting resources will again be thrown at the Dunns Road fire at Ellerslie today ahead of worsening conditions in coming days.

The fire is burning in private pine plantation owned by Hume Forests in an area between Tarcutta and Adelong, to the south of the Hume Highway, and the west of the Snowy Mountains Highway.

Riverina Highlands RFS inspector Peter Jones told Sounds of the Mountains this morning that crews had experienced a difficult time overnight as they sought to establish control  lines amid strong winds.

While yesterday concerns were held for farmland on the eastern edge of the fire around Dunns Road, last night the fire spotted over control lines on the west – but did not go on a run – with Mr Jones saying the worst activity overnight had been to the west and north-west, towards Tarcutta and Oberne Creek.

“The fire is still not contained,” Mr Jones said.

“We’ve also seen significant activity to the south this morning.

“The situation remains quite volatile as we speak.”

Those in the vicinity of the fire, including around Oberne Creek, as well as Dunns, Ellerslie and Yaven Creek Roads, have been advised to continue to monitor the situation and know what they will do if threatened by fire.

If your plan is to leave, or you are not prepared, leave early. Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire, the RFS advised.

About 80 fire-fighters are on the ground from the RFS, Forestry, Hume Forests and National Parks, and will again be assisted by aerial firefighting aircraft, dozers, graders and water tankers.

People should stay up to date via the Fires Near Me App, NSW RFS website, and local radio.