Crews assist Yass fires

THE fire in the Grabben Gullen area which burnt out approximately 252 hectares (622 acres) on Tuesday had approximately 18 units patrolling, with 35 staff from the brigades in the areas of Upper Lachlan and Goulburn Mulwaree, according to RFS community liaison officer Peter Dyce.

The cause of the blaze, which broke out at the Leary’s Lane/Grabben Gullen Rd junction is still yet to be determined, with investigations continuing. 

Total fire bans are still in place until Thursday, and then will be revised with temperatures expected to peak at 36 degrees Friday and 38 degrees on Saturday. 

Mr Dyce told the Post that all brigades in the area were on standby, with around 240 tankers deployed, and some RFS stations manned by volunteers around the clock. This equates to around 4000 volunteers posted across the Southern Ranges region at this point. 

Eighteen crews are currently assisting with the fires in the Yass/Harden area, and Mr Dyce said that one location around the Devils Pass area between Harden and Yass was very rough and inaccessible. 

Crews are still mopping up the area, where some 17,000 hectares has burned out. They are being supported by fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and other water bombing aircraft. 

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