Fire threatens properties at Tumbarumba

Fire-fighters are battling to save properties in the Pound Creek Road and Union Jack areas at Tumbarumba, as fire threatens homes.

Danielle Goldspink said fire-fighters were trying to stop the fire reach her house on Pound Creek Road.

“I left home for Rosewood with my two daughters at 6.30am,” Mrs Goldspink said. “My husband is still in Tumba hoping to protect our family home.

“At the moment the fire is at the back-line of our property.”

Mrs Goldspink said she had a feeling of helplessness.

“We built the house four years ago, but right now all I care about is all those people trying to save my house,” she said.

“My house and everything in it can be replaced, but they cannot.”

The Hyne Mill, near Tumbarumba has been closed.

Many people have already evacuated the town, while those in the township have been warned not to leave, amid the fire coming from the north, and a likely south-westerly change set to push a blaze on the border near Jingellic near the town.

The Dunns Road blaze began in private pine plantation north of Adelong on Saturday, but went on a long run south towards Tumbarumba last night when it broke out of Takejo plantation at Ellerslie, swept across farmland at Yaven Creek, and then entered the massive Greenhills State Forest.

Riverina Highlands RFS chief Jon Gregory said there were a dozen crews in the Greenhills State Forest on standby for that eventuation, but could do little as the fire spotted kilometres ahead.

“Experienced fire-fighters said they were faced with fire activity they’d not seen before,” Mr Gregory said.

The fire crossed Batlow Road at Willogobung and is now more than 26,000 hectares in size.

Meanwhile, to the south, a south-westerly change is pushing the Green Valley, Talmalmo, fire to the north, and an emergency warning has been issued for the Jingellic Road, Welaregang, Lankeys Creek and Tooma. The RFS said it’s too late to leave and to seek shelter.

Campers at Blowering and Talbingo Dams have bene

The RFS issued the following information at about 10am.


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.

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.

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.