27 October 2009

Update: Red Ridge Trail Fire 11:00AM 27/10/09

From the Public Liaison Officer Blue Mountains Fire Control Centre.
From today, unless there is a significant increase in fire activity, Updates will be issued once per day.
Light rain has fallen over the fire-ground overnight and today assisting the crews by reducing fire activity. The rain is expected to ease later in the day. Crews are mopping up any heavy fuels that are still burning and strengthening containment lines. NSW Rural Fire Service Volunteers from Tumut, Goulburn, Lake George and Lower Hunter are supporting local crews.
The fire has burnt approximately 670 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.
60 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. 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.
Weather Forecast
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
Thursday: Little if any rain, Maximum temperature 20 degrees. Humidity 45% with ESE 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. Being prepared this bush fire season is an important part of protecting your family and home from the impacts of bush fires. A key to being prepared is to understand the level of bush fire risk you and your property are exposed to and the ways you can reduce this risk. The NSW Rural Fire Service website has wide range of bush fire related information for members of the community.
Prepare, Act, Survive.
Authorized By: Tom Shirt - Incident Controller