25 October 2009

Update: Red Ridge Trail Fire 7:00PM 25/10/09

Light rain has been falling on the fireground today seeing a decrease in fire activity. Despite this rain, the fire is expected to burn for several days and crews remain in the field, strengthening and deepening containment lines. There is no property under threat.
The fire has burned approximately 600 hectares of isolated and rugged bushland 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.
There is further potential rain forecast for Monday. Approximately 60 firefighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service will be working on the fire on Monday, including Remote Area Firefighting Teams. Crews will use the mild weather conditions to their advantage 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. Walking trails in the northern side of the Blue Mountains National Park remain open.
People with breathing illnesses should take precautions, such as staying indoors. Motorists driving through the Blue Mountains should exercise caution due to smoke in the area.
Weather Forecast
Monday: 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 behaviour than weather conditions, which may cause an increase in fire intensity. Check the NSW Rural Fire Service website for regular updates about the fire.
Authorised By: Tom Shirt - Incident Controller
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