26 October 2009

Community Update-Red Ridge Fire

Light rain has been falling on the fire-ground today seeing a decrease in fire activity. Despite this rain, the fire is expected to burn for several days and crews have remained in the field overnight, strengthening and deepening containment lines. There is no property under threat.
The fire has burned approximately 650 hectares of isolated and rugged bush-land in the area around Red Ridge Fire Trail, approximately 10km south of Wentworth Falls. The fire is burning to the east of Kings Tableland Road. Generally under these conditions there is no immediate danger to your life and fires can be easily controlled. The fire is not contained at this stage.
Light ran has fallen over the fire-ground overnight and today making conditions for ground crews difficult. The rain is expected to ease and clear later in the day, allowing crews to continue mopping up any heavy fuels that are still burning. Firefighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service will be working on the fire today, including Remote Area Firefighting Teams (RAFT) . These crews will use the mild weather conditions to their advantage, to continue to directly attack the fire edge, prior to warmer predicted weather conditions later in the week.
Due to the fire activity, Kings Tablelands Road has been closed at Queen Victoria Hospital. Closures within the southern side of Blue Mountains National Park include both Ingar and Murphy's Glen Picnic and Camping areas. All walking trails in the northern side of the Blue Mountains National Park remain open.
People with respiratory conditions such as asthma and other breathing illnesses, should take precautions and remain indoors where possible. For further information visit http://www.nsw.health.gov.au/<http://www.nsw.health.gov.au/>. Motorists driving through the Blue Mountains should exercise caution due to smoke in the area.
Weather Forecast
Today: Morning Rain. Maximum temperature 15 degrees. Humidity 60% with SE winds around 40kph.
Tuesday: Morning Rain. Temperature up to 15 degrees. Humidity 60% with S/SE winds around 25kph.
Wednesday: Dry, Maximum temperature 20 degrees. Humidity 40% with E winds around 20kph
Specific Fire Information
In Low to Moderate conditions, terrain is more likely to affect fire behavior than weather conditions, which may cause an increase in fire intensity. Check the NSW Rural Fire Service website for regular updates about the fire.
Authorized By: Superintendent Ted Williams - Incident Controller
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