Firefighters challenged by hot and windy conditions when fighting Glenelg Fire, west of Bundarra

The Glenelg fire, west of Bundarra, in the Uralla Local Government Area, has today challenged fire fighters in the hot and windy conditions.

This fire today broke containment lines to the East of Glenelg Road on the Southern edge of the fire during the afternoon. Three aircraft and earth-moving machinery are supporting fire fighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service to slow the progress of the fire and assist to regain control.

Fire fighters will continue to work again tonight to establish further containment lines. “It has been a difficult day for firefighters in the hot and windy conditions however their efforts have greatly reduced the threat of the fire today”, Incident Controller Superintendent Sean McArdle said.

Currently, 270 hectares of pasture and bushland have been burnt and the fire is currently 2km West of Mount Drummond. Residents in the area of the fire need to continue to monitor the situation closely. Winds are forecasted to come from the South West over the next two days which would see any further potential outbreaks progress to the North East.

A Total Fire Ban is in place for Thursday, February 15 in the Northern Slopes Fire Weather Area. In addition, all Fire Permits are suspended for Thursday ,February 15 in the New England Fire Weather Area as Very High Fire Danger is forecast. I

While no properties are under immediate threat at this time, people living in the area should ensure their homes are appropriately prepared.

Call the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737 for more info.