A PROPERTY is believed to have been destroyed and a town advised to evacuate as a bushfire engulfed the Murraguldrie State Forest between Wagga and Tumut.
Three aircraft and 106 RFS firefighters are working to contain the 2422 hectare blaze thought to be sparked by lightning.
The fire is raging seven kilometres from the township of Humula on the Tumbarumba Road.
Click here to view a brief video of the fire. (Video courtesy of NSW Rural Fire Service)
The SES is advising residents there to leave or to stay at their own risk.
A remote property is believed to have been wiped out already.
An RFS spokesman said the fire was moving quickly due to its location in a pine forest.
"What we've got to get through is this wind change," he said.
"That may then push the fire close to Humula."
The Tumbarumba Road is closed along with other surrounding roads.
The spokesman said the Hume Highway had not been closed, contrary to reports from the RMS.
There is a large amount of smoke in the region that can be seen from the highway.
He said the fire would take at least 24 hours or more to contain.