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Lightning sparks new fires

The Erickson Air Crane takes off from Tumut Airport to battle another blaze.

Lightning from storms continues to play havoc with firefighters efforts to contain blazes in the Snowy Valleys.

“We’ve got 12 fires burning at the moment,” Riverina RFS Operational Officer Bradley Stewart said on Thursday.

“We’ve three new (fire) detections from electrical storm activity.

“We are developing strategies; we can either attack them directly, of look at containment options. Fundamentally Possums Point is the biggest problem at the moment, a backburning operation is going be conducted; the fire has breached containment in one small area but we have additional resources including the large air tanker putting retardant lines around it, so at the moment it’s looking okay.

“Fire activity is clearly visible to areas west of the fire like Meragle and Tooma and Gregory and smoke is still likely to affect those areas. There is currently no threat to property; people just need to stay up to date.

“The KNP fire raod has been closed and will remain closed until declared otherwise, and this will affect campgrounds that come of that Tooma Dam, Round Mountain Trail, Jagungle Wilderness Area, Black Jack and Jagumba. National Parks are going ot sent out a field officer to make sure those areas are cleared. It is just a precaution; the last thing we need is if the fire weather gets pointy tomorrow we don’t want to have to run around getting people out of those areas.”