CFA fears thunderstorm could spark new blaze

The CFA says a severe thunderstorm warned to hit the North East this afternoon could see fresh fire sparked at Tallangatta.

Firefighters working to contain a 415 hectare bushfire at Yabba Road are anxiously waiting to see whether damaging winds or lightning are on the way.    

CFA district 24 operations officer Mark Owens said the storm could not only undo the work they’ve done but ignite new fire. 

“We’ve been keeping a watch on the weather due to the severe thunderstorm warning that’s been issued for north-east Victoria,” he said.

“We could see new fire in the region, that’s a real possibility.”
Mr Owens said they still hoped to contain the blaze by this afternoon.

He said there were a couple of corners they were still not happy with.

Lightning Thursday night set the Tallangatta hills on fire, with another 8.8 hectare blaze at Hardy’s Road contained yesterday. 

Meanwhile, two fires burning 110 hectares of remote state forest 58 kilometres south of Corryong will take about a week to contain.

Corryong incident controller Ron Patterson said because the area was inaccessible, firefighters were being forced to back-burn containment lines at far distances. 

It meant the blazes would grow before it was out.

Mr Patterson warned the smoke could affect Corryong-Benambra Road and camping areas at Dartmouth Dam.

“We have aircraft and resources deployed to monitor and contain the fire,” he said.

No homes are under threat to any of the fires.