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Challenging conditions for firefighters

Water-bombing aircraft assisting ground crews on the Dunns Road fire at Yaven Creek this afternoon.

Crews on the Dunns Road fire in the Ellerslie and Yaven Creek areas are battling challenging conditions, with 60km/h winds creating ember attacks and spot fires into pastoral lands on both sides of Yaven Creek Road this afternoon.

A number of families have chosen to evacuate. Family and Community Services are setting up an Evacuation Centre at Adelong S&C Club for those residents displaced by the fire. They will be available from 5pm to 9pm today to register.

A large water bombing air tanker has been effective in controlling fire on the eastern side of the road, while fire-fighting ground crews, who are in property protection mode, have been effectively dealing with any other spot fires.

RFS Riverina Highlands Inspector Peter Jones said there remained significant amounts of active fire on the south-eastern, southern and south-western edges of the blaze.

“The fire has grown in size this afternoon,” Mr Jones said. “The situation is very fluid.

He said evidence suggests the fire at one point became pyrocumulonimbus – effectively creating its own weather system  – though things had calmed down in the last hour.

The emergency alert in place for people on Yaven Creek Road and Ellerslie Road was likely to be in place for the next couple of hours at least, Mr Jones said, with the weather forecast indicating there would be little relief.

“Tomorrow temperatures are a bit less, but there’s predictions of 90km/h winds ahead of a front, and some thunderstorms with the possibility of lightning. Those 90km/h winds won’t help with any current fires.”

Mr Jones said the nearby Greenhils State Forest, about five kilometres or so from the blaze, remained fire free, with resources stationed there.

“We don’t want it to get in there,” Mr Jones said.

Advice

  • If you are in the area of Yaven Creek Road and Ellerslie Road, it is too late to leave. Shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • If you are in the area of Bangadang, Mt Adrah, Oberne and Toonga, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if threatened by fire.
  • If you are in the area of greater Adelong, follow your bush fire survival plan.
  • If your plan is to leave, or you are not prepared, leave early.
  • Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.

If you are threatened by fire

  • Do not be in the path of the fire.
  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Wear protective clothing and footwear. Cover all exposed skin.
  • If the fire impacts, seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000).
  • If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

Other Information

  • Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking the NSW RFS website, listening to your local radio station, or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • People with respiratory conditions who are affected by bush fire smoke should activate their health management plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions, such as staying indoors and closing windows.
  • For information on road closures, check Live Traffic NSW. Roads may be closed without warning.
  • Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.