Harris and Maroo Street residents advised to monitor Tumut Town Common blaze

A fire has broken out just to the south of Tumut.

The RFS is urging residents in the vicinity of Harris and Maroo Streets in Tumut to monitor conditions closely and to follow their bushfire survival plans as a bush fire is burns out of control in the north-western part of the Tumut Common.

About 1:15 pm today, RFS crews were called to the common after there were reports of smoke plumes rising from bush-land. On the scene, RFS discovered a car fire which had spread to the  surrounding area  

District Coordinator for the RFS Peter Jones said that emergency and relevant personnel are currently on the scene, including one water-bombing helicopter along with National Parks and Wildlife, Forestry, Fire & Rescue and police.

“We have been requesting further water bombing aircraft but given the situation around the state, we have not yet been able to obtain any at this stage,” he said.

“We received a report earlier today of smoke in that vicinity and it was found that a car had been burnt out. We’ve got number of trucks on scene and the weather is currently causing some grief in its direction.”

Mr Jones said that currently, the fire is burning under powerlines and that although it had been initially burning up the hill to the west, easterly winds are having an impact on the fire front. 

All residents are advised to monitor the situation via local radio and the RFS website