Firefighters at Ellerslie brace for deteriorating conditions

a fire at Ellerslie has burned through about 5000 hectares of pine plantation. Winds are likely to put pressure on containment lines on the southern and south-eastern edge of the fire front

Farmers around Yaven Creek and Ellerslie are bracing for deteriorating conditions today as fire-fighters battle to contain a blaze that’s burned about 5000 hectares of private pine plantation 10km from Adelong.

North-westerly winds gusting up to 60km/h are likely to put pressure on containment lines at the southern edge of the fire, with authorities predicting a challenging couple of days at the Dunns Road blaze at Ellerslie.

Riverina Highlands Inspector Peter Jones said crews had done some good work overnight backburning.

While the fire has spotted over control lines on occasion, fire-fighters have been able to quickly get on top of those outbreaks as the fire has come out of the pines and onto farmland.

Crews will today focus on mopping up, while a number of tankers, including Fire and Rescue, are at a stationing point ready to jump on any spot-overs as winds pick up later this morning.

Mr Jones said the RFS was ready to activate its emergency warning system should the fire cross trigger points at Ellerslie Road and Yaven Creek Road.

Sam Lucas, Russell Bowden, Rod Lucas and Edward Bowden at the fire front Saturday.

“People in the Yaven Creek area, as well as Adelong and Batlow, may get an emergency warning,” Mr Jones said in an update with local radio station Sounds of the Mountains this morning.

“Crews will today focus on aggressively mopping up and patrolling the fire edge, trying to ensure the fire doesn’t escape the control lines we have for it.”

Temperatures are predicted to reach 43 degrees today, while there is a prediction for thunderstorms tomorrow.

Mr Jones again urged people to have a bushfire survival plan in place, and be ready to enact it.

“I’d urge everyone to remain vigilant and activate your bushfire survival plan. If you don’t have one, get one in place now.

“Know what your trigger points may be. Talk to your family, know what you’re going to do.”

State Forests around Tumut and Tumbarumba have been closed due to the scale of the NSW bushfires and the anticipated severe heatwave.

State Forests around Tumut, Tumbarumba and Bombala were closed from midnight Sunday), until further notice.

The closure shuts off the western side of Blowering Day to visitors.