Fires at Minjary and Snubba

Fires at Minjary and Snubba

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Sunday, 9am

The fire at Minjary, halfway between Tumut and Gundagai, has burnt more than 250 hectares and is burning in a north-easterly direction between Gocup Rd and the Tumut River, Gocup.

Firefighters have worked throughout the night protecting properties and the RFS says a number of isolated rural properties in the Gocup Rd and Quidong Rd areas may come under threat as the fire is burning towards Stoney Creek..

Firefighters remain on scene working to protect properties and slow the spread of the fire.

Gocup Rd has been closed between Tumut and Gundagai since about 10pm last night.

The fire on the western side of Blowering Dam, on the Snubba Range, has burnt about 650ha of forest.

The bushfire in the Murraguldrie State Forest area, between Humula and Little Billabong, is currently 7000 hectares in size and is not contained.

Crews have worked overnight to protect properties and establish control lines to the north on Shockeroo Road, east on Carabost Road, and south from Little Billabong to Volkins Creek Road. The fire is currently burning in a southerly direction through pine plantation and native forest and is burning quickly and erratically. Some backburning has been conducted with more continuing through Sunday to deepen control lines.

There are a number of isolated rural properties that remain under threat in the Humula, Carabost and Little Billabong areas.

There are unconfirmed reports of properties being destroyed by the fire.

Little Billabong and Tumbarumba-Wagga Roads remain closed.

45 tankers, and 150 firefighters, supported by aircraft and heavy plant will concentrate on property protection and strengthening control lines throughout the day.

Update 10.30pm

Gocup Road has been closed as the fire at Minjary continues to burn out of control.

The fire is burning in a westerly direction and a number of  properties are under threat.

 

Update 8pm

Numerous RFS crews battled the fire at Minjary.
Numerous RFS crews battled the fire at Minjary.

A fire at Minjary, halfway between Tumut and Gundagai, is burning out of control on private property.

Two fire-bombing helicopters and multiple Rural Fire Service crews were on the scene fighting the blaze, which had burned about 250 hectares.

The fire was burning in a North-Easterly direction between Gocup Rd and the Tumut River.

Several homes are in the vicinity of the fire, and while no houses were in immediate danger, the RFS advised a number of isolated rural properties in the Gocup Rd and Quidong Rd areas may come under threat.

 Dozers were on site, creating containment lines.

The fire is believed to have started as a result of a lightning strike soon after 6pm.

Firefighters were also battling a blaze on the Snubba Trail, near Batlow, in the vicinity of the Sturgess property.

Near Humula, a fire had burned nearly 2500 hectares in the Murraguldrie State Forest.

 

 

A water-bombing helicopter assists firefighters at the Minjary blaze.
A water-bombing helicopter assists firefighters at the Minjary blaze.

6.30pm

A bush fire is burning in the Murraguldrie State Forest area, about 50km north west of Tumut, and RFS crews have also been tasked to a fire at Minjary, between Tumut and Gundagai.

The fire in the Murraguldrie State Forest was reported as being about 20 hectares in size and is out of control and burning in an easterly direction.

The fire is currently heading in an easterly direction towards Shockeroo Road and Carabost Road. A southwesterly wind change is expected which may push smoke towards Humula.

A fire is out of control in the Murraguldrie State Forest.
A fire is out of control in the Murraguldrie State Forest.

The RFS reports the fire is burning in high fire danger conditions and is currently less than two hours from properties.

Under these conditions, fires can be difficult to control. Embers may be blown ahead of the fire, creating spot fires. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.