Girribung Creek Fire:
Dry lightning storms across
on the 20th and 21st
of December resulted in the ignition of 8 fires including the Girribung and Gospers
Creek fires. Wollemi National Park
NPWS Remote Area Fire Crews (RAFT) and aircraft responded to the fires and were successful in containing 6 of them, including the Capertee River South fire located between the Capertee and
. Unfortunately, due to strong winds and
very dry conditions, the Gospers and Girribung Creek fires quickly became too
large to be contained by ground crews or aircraft. Wolgan Rivers
Both the 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 two fires have now joined and are burning in a remote part of
Wollemi National Park generally to the east of . Currently, no property is under threat. The
fire has significant natural fire breaks around it and large areas that have
recently burnt to the east and west. Gospers Mountain
The fire is now 38,000 hectares in size and over 50 National Parks and Wildlife Service and RFS fire fighters and a number of helicopters are working on containing and mopping up the fire. The fire operation is being managed from the NPWS depot in Rylstone.
Ongoing dry conditions have tested fire fighters and containments for the fire. The southern edge of the fire has now burnt out and held above the Capertee and
. The western edge of the fire is now
contained on the Running Stream and Coorangooba Creeks to the west of Colo Rivers and has been linked into The Ovens Creek
to the north. At present the fire is burning slowly north towards Koondah and
Ovens Creeks. Gospers Mountain
No property is threatened by the fire, and the fire remains within identified containments. Coorangooba Camping area (near Glen Davis) has been closed in the interests of public safety.
The weather forecast for coming days shows higher temperatures and dropping humidity but winds remain relatively light and variable.
Whilst the fire is essentially contained, there are large areas still burning within the current fire perimeter. These pockets will continue to burn out and will generate a significant amount of smoke. This smoke is likely to continue to be present across the area for at least a week and up to 14 days.
Depending on wind conditions, smoke is likely to be experienced in the
, Kandos and Rylstone areas.
Smoke is likely to be experienced in the Capertee Valley Putty Road area from the Putty Valley south to . Colo Heights
The fire is being continually monitored as NPWS and RFS crews work towards full 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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