30 December, 2013

Fire Update from NPWS

Girribung Creek Fire, Wollemi National Park
Update - 30 December 2013

Dry lightning storms across Wollemi National Park on the 20th and 21st of December resulted in the ignition of 8 fires including the Girribung and Gospers Creek fires.

NPWS Remote Area Fire Crews (RAFT) and aircraft responded to the fires and were successful in containing 6 of the fires including the Capertee River South fire located between the Capertee and Wolgan Rivers. Unfortunately, due to strong winds and very dry conditions. The Gospers and Girribung Creek fires located to the east of Gospers Mountain quickly became too large for direct attack by either ground crews or aircraft.

Both fires are burning in extremely remote areas and no property is under threat. Both have significant natural fire breaks surrounding them and large areas that have recently burnt to the east.

Both the Girribung and Gospers creek fires expanded significantly under severe weather conditions on the 22nd and the 23rd December, when the total fire area grew from around 3500 ha to 11000 ha.

The cool change and drizzle late on the 23rd slowed the fire significantly and around 20 mm of rain across the fireground on Christmas day extinguished most of the fire edge. However, since the rain, drying conditions have resulted in a number of reignitions. NPWS RAFT crews have been winching in from helicopters to deal with hotspots and reignitions.

There are a number of areas of active fire on the internal edges of the 2 fires which continue to burn within containments, and smoke is likely to continue to be present across the area for at least a week to 10 days. The fire is being continually monitored as fire crews work towards containment.

For further information on progress of the fire, please visit the Rural Fire Service Website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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