Firefighters battle Minjary blaze

Firefighters battle Minjary blaze

A fire is burning in bushland in the Minjary reserve.

The NSW Rural Fire Service, National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters and water bombing helicopters are working to contain a fire burning in the Minjary National Park, about 10km north-west of Tumut.

The fire is located in terrain that is difficult to access for firefighters. Authorities have a helicopter mapping the size of the fire, with a spokesperson saying the blaze had burnt an estimated “few hectares”.

The fire is burning a few kilometres to the the north-east of the Visy Pulp and Paper mill.

Relatively still and humid conditions at present were favourable to the fire-fighting effort, the spokesperson said.

A forestry fire-spotter called in the blaze just after 2.15pm this afternoon.

RFS crews from Tumut, Gilmore, Adelong, Mt Horob, Coolac, Gocup and a National Parks crew are involved in the fire-fighting effort.

A helicopter is undertaking water bucketing, while an RFS rapid aerial response crew is also assisting.

A dozer was at the scene cutting control lines and improving access for crews, who have had trouble reaching the steep bushland country where the fire is located.

A short downpour that briefly struck Tumut just before 4pm largely missed the fire ground.

The spokesperson said the fire is presently contained to the Minjary reserve and there was no immediate threat to private property.

The fire is burning in the Minjary national park, north-west of Tumut.