Man suffers burns while defending property near Tumbarumba

A man defending his home near Tumbaruba has been flown to Concord Hospital after suffering burns.

The man was injured yesterday afternoon on a property south of Tumbarumba, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

“That person has suffered serious burns,” Mr Fitzsimmons said. “He was emergency extricated in a water bombing helicopter and taken to Wagga Base Hospital.

“He was triaged to Concord Hospital. The update I have this morning is he is in a serious condition and will undergo surgery today for injuries.”

After another difficult night for firefighters where gusting south-westerly winds fanned the Dunns Road Fire, Mr Fitzsimmons said there had been no lives lost, nor reports of any property lost.

While noting the fire had gone on a run to the south-west of Gundagai, around Mt Adrah, he praised the efforts of fire-fighters, both for their efforts overnight, and preparation for the day.

“The investment in strategy, in tactics to limit the potential for the fires to spread in yesterday’s conditions has really yielded dividends,” he said. “Because of the water bombing machines, heavy use of retardants and things like that, we didn’t see fires spread and break out.”

Conditions have now eased, and are likely to remain favourable for the next five to seven days.

“We probably have the best seven days we’ve had without a rise in very high fire danger ratings,” he said. “It offers some reprieve to allow firefighters to consolidate and get the upper hand on these fires.”

But he noted there were thousands of kilometres of fire edge across NSW.

“We really want to take advantage of favourable conditions over the next five seven days to get as much consolidation and containment as we can, before we see any return to warmer conditions,” he said.