Total Fire Ban...And It's Still Winter!

Alfred Osborne
August 19, 2018

The NSW Rural Fire Service has completed the first stage of property assessments following the fire, which has burnt through more than 3,300 hectares and is still out of control.

Almost 80 fires continue to burn along the Great Dividing Range from the Queensland border to Victoria, with 32 still uncontained.

A fire burning out of control north of Bemboka.

Warm, dry conditions and strong winds are being felt across the region, with gusts of up to 140 kilometres per hour recorded at Nowra.

"The fire is moving quickly under some very strong north-westerly winds towards the Burrill Lake area", he said.

Under these conditions, fires can be hard to control. "Seek shelter if the fire impacts".

Mr Webster said firefighters were using a "window of opportunity" to backburn ahead of deteriorating conditions on Saturday.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons was confident the firefighters would gain the upper hand on the most troublesome blazes, but winds of up to 60km/h were still going to be problematic.

"It is a really early start to these severe fires, and it's only really been three months since the last serious fire we had, which was in April".

She had to leave after the wind picked up and she was overcome by smoke on the property.

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A bushfire burns in Milton near Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast.

"We're seeing something which is unusual in the extreme", he said.

He watched the fire as he ate his breakfast before he was evacuated about 9am. The RFS said while the blaze is burning close to properties, crews are on scene to protect them.

A bushfire burns in Milton near Ulladulla on Wednesday.

The teens attempted to smother the blaze; however, it spread and firefighters from Fire & Rescue NSW were called to extinguish it before it spread into bushland. More than a dozen outbuildings were also destroyed across the region.

Mr Tull was quoted in a 2011 New Zealand Herald article, saying he had fought risky fires in Australia for more than a decade.

"Under these conditions, fires are uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving", the RFS said.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has issued a fire ban through to Monday for parts of south east Queensland.

"The current situation down south is a reminder to all residents across the state that could be affected by bush fires to take the time to discuss with your family what you will all do and where you will go in the event of a bush or grass fire", he said.

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