Backburns in full swing

FIREFIGHTERS were last night conducting a large backburn operation on the Moombril fire at Wantagong that continues to break containment lines.

A lightning strike on Saturday afternoon sparked the blaze that as of last night had burnt 2420 hectares of forest and pine plantation.

It is burning in a south-easterly direction and spotting into Mount Narra Narra within the Woomargama National Park.

Extra aircraft was brought in yesterday to water bomb the area and give firefighters a visual of where containment lines were being broken.

Southern Border Rural Fire Service community safety officer Julie Bartlett said a large backburn was being conducted last night.

“We are backburning on the southern containment lines and basically burning back into the north,” she said.

About 70 RFS, Country Fire Authority and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters and three aircraft were at the scene.

“It was cooler overnight and the wind dropped which assisted the firefighters to get on top of it,” Ms Bartlett said.

On Sunday, dicey conditions saw residents in Jingellic and Yenches roads receive text message warnings.

“We’re working hard because we expect the same weather (today), with the winds to pick up,” Ms Bartlett said.

“If it sparks up again, there will be more properties under threat.”

Ms Bartlett said bulldozers and graders worked to strip the ground at containment lines to bare earth, so the blaze would be stopped.

Firefighters then back-burned from that point.

Meanwhile, firefighters gained the upper hand over several fires in the North East.

A 10-hectare fire at Granya is contained, along with two fires near Tallangatta.

However, a large blaze south of Corryong is expected to grow before it is contained.

Corryong-Benambra Road is closed due to a 1039-hectare fire at Kings Creek that started on Thursday.

Crews are working on backburning. There is no threat to homes.

Also, a grass and scrub fire at Mitta North Road yesterday afternoon, travelling south-west, is under control.

The Jingellic fire is also contained, with crews on the ground dousing the flames and monitoring the area for the next couple of days.

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