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Conditions ease after busy night for firefighters

Firefighters faced difficult conditions amid strong south westerly winds overnight, which pushed the fire into the Mt Adrah area.

The Dunns Road and East Ournie Creek fires were at advice level at 5.14am this morning, after a night when the fire extended its footprint into areas around Mt Adrah.

A southerly change brought strong winds last night, causing erratic fire behaviour and emergency alerts for the areas to the north of Adelong.

Fire-fighters battled fires around Wondalga, that at one stage was burning towards Adelong, to the north of the town around Mt Adrah and a spot fire near the village at Tarutta, with firefighters able to get on top of those fires.

The Snowy Mountains Highway between Adelong and the Hume Highway was closed, then the Hume Highway itself was closed, but has since reopened.

The RFS advice this morning was that the southerly change had moved through the fireground and conditions were easing.

They expected more favourable conditions today, with lower temperatures, and lighter winds from the north west.

Fire authorities will keep a watch on the Goobarragandra Valley today, with the fire-front moving north in the Kosciuszko National Park burning closer to the the valley overnight.


The official RFS advice is as follows:
A southerly change has moved across the fireground. Conditions have eased
Fire is burning south of the Hume Highway in areas around Tumblong, Mount Adrah and Adelong.
People in the area of Gundagai and Goobarraganda should be alert to smoke and embers.
Advice
Mount Adrah, Tumbaloma, Tumblong, Adelong areas
The fire is spreading quickly in the area south of the Hume Highway in the areas of Mount Adrah, Tumblong, Grahamstown and Adelong. Spot fires are starting ahead of the main fire front.
If you are in this area, monitor conditions.
Know what you will do if fire threatens.
Ournie, Mannus and Tumbarumba areas
A southerly change has moved through the area.
The fire is burning towards the areas of Ournie, Mannus and Tumbarumba.
If you are in this area, monitor conditions.
Know what you will do if fire threatens.
Goobragandra Valley and Brindebella areas
Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
Talbingo, Wondalga, Kunama, Batlow and surrounding areas
Fire has passed through this area.
There are may still be active fire and unburnt areas.
Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
Be alert for falling trees and branches.
Be alert for hazards around burnt properties. Do not enter until advised that it is safe to do so.
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.