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Consolidation and assessment for firies after horror day

Fire swept through the village of Talbingo last night.

Fire authorities will attempt to assess property losses today after a horror Saturday when the Dunns Road Fire claimed a number of homes. 

The RFS has confirmed losses in Batlow, Talbingo, Munderoo and along the Snowy Mountains Highway west of Adelong, and to the south, and said they would provide an update when known. 

While there will be losses, initial indications are that fire-fighters yesterday did an extraordinary job saving homes around Batlow, Talbingo, Gilmore and beyond. 

The fire is now over 254,000 hectares and will continue to grow. 

Work by crews today is to consolidate containment, assess damage and make safe areas so some roads can be reopened.

The Adelong town water supply has been exhausted and the Emergency Operations Centre is trying to rectify.  

South-easterly winds are expected today and some showers across the fireground however not enough to extinguish. 

The RFS advised people to remain vigilant and monitor for updates.

Fire damage to the electricity network has led to 4,100 customers in the Batlow, Talbingo, Tumbarumba and Adelong areas being left without power overnight, Essential Energy reported.

Once crews are able to safely access the firegrounds to assess the damage, we’ll be able to provide an estimated time to restore their power. 

A containment line goes in on the northern edge of Tumut, near the Gocup Road.

Meanwhile, the RFS was busy last night creating a containment line around the north-eastern edge of Tumut. Dozers worked on the break which rings an area from Gocup Road, on the edge of town, to the Snowy Mountains Highway near the Gilmore mill.