Humula blaze update

Humula blaze update

The fire near Humula.
The fire near Humula.

Update 5.30pm
The Murraguldrie State Forest fire is moving in an easterly direction towards Carabost and is threatening properties.

An Emergency Alert Telephone Warning Message has been issued to residents in the area advising them to leave now if the path is clear in a south easterly direction towards Tumbarumba. It is not safe to stay.

Firefighters on the fire ground are experiencing deteriorating conditions under a south westerly wind change. Spotovers are occurring and the fire intensity has increased. The fire is currently more than 8000 hectares and is burning quickly and erratically.

A number of buildings have been destroyed in the fire. Crews have confirmed that three homes have been lost. Crews will continue to assess other losses in the area.

Local road closures remain in place for Little Billabong and Tumbarumba Roads. Drivers need to be aware that there is significant smoke in the area and this will affect driving conditions.

Update 3pm

Firefighters on the fire ground are experiencing deteriorating conditions under a south westerly wind change at large fire near Humula.

A number of isolated rural properties are now coming under immediate threat in the Humula, Carabost and Little Billabong areas.

Firefighters are actively undertaking property protection.

Spotovers are occurring and the fire intensity has increased under rising daytime temperatures.

This is putting pressure on containment lines in the Carabost and Shockeroo areas.

With the wind change, smoke and embers are also now being blown over Humula.

The fire is currently more than 8000 hectares and is burning quickly and erratically.

There are reports of property losses, however due to dangerous fire conditions, fire fighters are unable to enter a number of fire affected areas.

A number of local road closures are in place. Little Billabong and Tumbarumba Roads remain closed.

1pm

A bush fire in the Murraguldrie State Forest area between Humula and Little Billabong has burned 7200 hectares and is not contained.

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

Crews continue 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. Residents can expect to see smoke from backburning throughout the day.

The RFS advised the fire is currently burning quickly and erratically in a southerly direction through pine plantation and native forest.

Residents are asked to be aware of a potential mid-afternoon west to southwesterly wind change that has potential to see fire again threaten Humula village.

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

Little Billabong and Tumbarumba-Wagga Roads remain closed.