Fire near Tumut

A fire has broken out near Tumut.

Fire-fighters are battling a blaze in dense bushland just a couple of kilometres from the Tumut township. 

The Rural Fire Service has designated the fire at watch and act level: Residents in the area of Harris Street and Maroo Street have been advised to monitor conditions and follow their bushfire survival plans.

It’s suspected the blaze began from a vehicle fire in the Tumut State Forest at Wereboldera, known as the Tumut Common, and has now spread to about 10 hectares. 

Twelve crews are tackling the blaze in steep and difficult terrain, assisted by a water-bombing helicopter. 

Tumut Fire and Rescue have been tasked with protecting homes in the township, amid a threat of embers travelling ahead of the fireground. 

Riverina Highlands RFS chief Jon Gregory said the fire was about two kilometres from Tumut, and potentially about two hours away from reaching houses in the town, but embers travelling ahead of the fire-ground were a real threat. 

“The fire is on watch and act level: people should enact their fire plan. If they’re going to leave, leave early. If they’re going to stay, defend and stay,” Mr Gregory said. 

“Conditions are quite gusty. It’s very hot, and there’s relatively low humidity. The area is in dense bushland, fire-fighters are contending with some steep areas and powerlines. 

Fire conditions have been described as erratic, amid temperatures topping 40 degres.

People should keep up to date using the Fires Near Me App, the RFS website, and local radio.