Goulburn area rolling fire coverage

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted more hot days ahead. With fire conditions still a major concern, the Post will be running an ongoing rolling coverage which we’ll update as news of local fires comes to hand. 

THURSDAY Jan 24

8.30am: A fire 15km NW of Bigga continues to burn having already burnt out 2487 hectares. The status of the fire, which is being called the Decca Fire, is still `Out of Control' and the RFS Alert level is `Advice.' This related story is from the Cowra Guardian.

Meanwhile the Badgery's Point Lookout fire at Tallong has not yet been resolved but is under control and at the `Advice' alert level. That fire has burnt out 64 hectares.

SATURDAY Jan 19

3.00pm: Much cooler weather today has helped reduce the fire danger to `High' for Southern Ranges today.

Weatherwatch forecast for today: Cloudy. Isolated showers contracting to the north and clearing by evening. Winds E 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the afternoon then increasing to 15 to 25 km/h in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures 22 to 30.

- Dicks Creek Rd (Gundaroo): Fire level = Advice.  Status = Under control as at Saturday 8.55am - has burnt out 30 hectares.

- Badgery’s Point Lookout (Tallong): Fire level = Advice. Status = Under control as at Saturday 9.15am - has burnt out 64 hectares.

- Camp Oven Spur Fire (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Status = Under control as at Friday 3pm - has burnt out 22 hectares.

- Sand Hills (Timber Top, Bungendore): Fire level = Advice.  Status = Under control as at Friday 10pm - has burnt out 1386 hectares.

FRIDAY Jan 18 

8.30am: Fire danger in the Southern Ranges area has risen to Severe for today (and Extreme in the neighbouring Monaro Alpine area. There is a total Fire Ban in the Southern Ranges and also in most areas of NSW for today.  

TODAY’S FORECAST: Weatherwatch forecasts a sunny morning with the chance of showers this afternoon and evening. There is also a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Winds N/NW 20 to 25km/h tending W/NW 30 to 45km/h in the morning, then becoming light in the late evening. Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid to high 30s.

The list of Goulburn fires still being monitored and controlled and their current status is as follows:

Dicks Creek Rd (Gundaroo): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Thursday 3.40pm - has burnt out 30 hectares.

- Badgery’s Point Lookout (Tallong): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Thursday 3pm - has burnt out 64 hectares.

Honeysuckle Trail Fire (Fullerton): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Thursday 3.39pm - has burnt out 192 hectares.

- Camp Oven Spur Fire (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Thursday 2.50pm - has burnt out 22 hectares.

- Sand Hills (Timber Top, Bungendore): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Thursday 2pm - has burnt out 1386 hectares.

WEDNESDAY Jan 16

2.00pm: Grass fire burning at Wayo. Units from RFS and FRNSW on scene and early reports indicate fire is contained.

Midday: A slightly warmer day today and the fire danger rating has risen slightly - to very high

TODAY’S FORECAST: Weatherwatch forecasts patchy morning fog. A mostly sunny day with light winds becoming W/SW 15 to 20km/h in the early afternoon then tending NE/SE in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures in the low to mid 30s.

The list of Goulburn fires still being monitored and controlled and their current status is as follows:

Dicks Creek Rd (Gundaroo): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Wednesday 9.37am - has burnt out 30 hectares.

Badgery’s Point Lookout (Tallong): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Wednesday 8.30am - has burnt out 64 hectares.

Honeysuckle Trail Fire (Fullerton): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Wednesday 9.43am - has burnt out 192 hectares.

Camp Oven Spur Fire (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Wednesday 8.40am - has burnt out 22 hectares.

Sand Hills (Timber Top, Bungendore): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Tuesday 3.24pm - has burnt out 1386 hectares.

TUESDAY Jan 15

9.00am: A new fire started at Dick’s Creek Rd yesterday which is now under control. Dick’s Creek Rd is located between Gundaroo and Murrumbateman and an estimated 30 hectares was burnt out at this fire to which RFS crews were quickly dispatched.

There is a High Fire Danger in Goulburn today (bare in mind there are four higher danger levels than High) and conditions continue to cool this morning with an overcast start to the day in Goulburn

TODAY’S FORECAST: Weatherwatch forecasts early fog and cloud patches then a sunny day. Winds E 15 to 20 km/h turning N/NE and becoming light in the late morning then becoming light in the late afternoon. Daytime maximum temperatures around 30.

The list of Goulburn fires still being monitored and controlled and their current status is as follows:

Dicks Creek Rd (Gundaroo): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Monday 9.56pm - has burnt out 30 hectares.

Badgery’s Point Lookout (Tallong): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Monday 3pm - has burnt out 64 hectares.

Honeysuckle Trail Fire (Fullerton): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Monday 4.09pm - has burnt out 192 hectares.

Camp Oven Spur Fire (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Monday 3pm - has burnt out 22 hectares.

Sand Hills (Timber Top, Bungendore): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Monday 4pm - has burnt out 1386 hectares.

MONDAY Jan 14

8.00pm: RFS UPDATE on Dicks Creek Road fire:

It has been contained. You may see a lot of smoke come up from it as they are going to burn out some of the timber, but it is within containment lines. Initial reports suggest the fire may have been started by a motorbike. The fire is classified as Being Controlled with an Alert level of "Advice". It is estimated 30 hectares were burnt out.

5.30pm: Reports of a grass fire starting at Dicks Creek Rd which runs between Yass River Rd and Murrumbateman Rd, between Gundaroo and Murrumbateman. Eighteen units are either on scene already or on their way.

9:30am: While conditions have been worsening in the north of the state, conditions locally have been slightly on the improve. Cooler weather, eased winds and some light rain overnight have all contributed to a lower fire danger although hotter days are expected later in the week. The current fire danger for Southern Ranges is High.

TODAY’S FORECAST: The chance of showers in the east this morning. Mostly sunny afternoon. Winds S/SE 15 to 20 km/h tending E/SE 15 to 25 km/h during the day. Daytime maximum temperatures in the low to mid 20s.

Two more fires – Matador Ridge (Bungonia) and Whitemans Leap (Bungonia) -  are now regarded as resolved and have been removed from the list. The remainder of fires still being watched locally and their current status is as follows:

Badgery’s Point Lookout (Tallong): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Sunday 3.35pm - has burnt out 64 hectares.

Honeysuckle Trail Fire (Fullerton): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Monday 8.42am - has burnt out 192 hectares.

Camp Oven Spur Fire (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Sunday 3.35pm - has burnt out 22 hectares.

Sand Hills (Timber Top, Bungendore): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Sunday 5.00pm - has burnt out 1376 hectares.

SUNDAY Jan 13

9:00am: Reports of a grass fire starting at Buranda Lane, Gundaroo. 

8:30am: Conditions in Goulburn have cooled today and the weather forecast is for a lower top temperature with less wind than yesterday. 

SUNDAY FORECAST:Cloudy. Scattered showers, more frequent in the southeast. The chance of thunderstorms in the late afternoon. Winds NE/SE 15 to 20 km/h tending SE/SW 15 to 25 km/h in the early afternoon then tending NW/SW 15 to 20 km/h in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures 22 to 31.

The fire danger for Southern Ranges today is rated as High (there are four higher ratings - Very High, Severe, Extreme and Catastrophic). All local fires were reassessed yesterday afternoon including the Callan’s Lane fire (Braidwood/Nerriga) which has now been classified as resolved. Only the Badgery’s Point Lookout (Tallong) fire remains “Being Controlled” – all others are “Under Control”:

Badgery’s Point Lookout (Tallong): Fire level = Advice. Being controlled as at Saturday 3.30pm - has burnt out 70 hectares.

Honeysuckle Trail Fire (Fullerton): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Saturday 3.30pm - has burnt out 192 hectares.

Camp Oven Spur Fire (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Saturday 3.30pm - has burnt out 22 hectares.

Matadora Ridge Fire (Bungonia):  Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Saturday 3.25pm, has burnt out 3 hectares.

Whitemans Leap (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at Saturday 5.00pm, has burnt out 2 hectares.

Sand Hills (Timber Top, Bungendore): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at Saturday 5.00pm - has burnt out 1376 hectares.

SATURDAY Jan 12

9:30am: The Fire Danger for today has risen to Extreme for the Southern Ranges and a Total Fire Ban remains in place. ACT and Monaro Alpine are the only other areas in NSW currently with an Extreme Fire Danger. 

Several of the the fires that were being watched, such as Leary's Lane (Bannister/Grabben Gullen) and Gundaroo Rd 2 (Gunning) are regarded as resolved and no longer on the list of watched fires, while two new fires were added yesterday - the Honeysuckle Trail Fire (Fullerton) and the Callan's Lane fire (Braidwood/Nerriga). The current status of all district fires is as follows

Honeysuckle Trail Fire (Fullerton): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at 8:48pm Friday - has burnt out 60 hectares.

Camp Oven Spur Fire (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Being controlled as at 4.25pm Friday - has burnt out 40 hectares.

Badgery’s Point Lookout (Tallong): Fire level = Advice. Being controlled as at 4.20pm Friday - has burnt out 70 hectares.

Matadora Ridge Fire (Bungonia):  Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 4.30pm Friday, has burnt out 3 hectares.

Whitemans Leap (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 5.20 Friday, has burnt out 2 hectares.

Callans Lane (Braidwood/Nerriga): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 5.20pm Friday, has burnt out 2 hectares.

Sand Hills (Timber Top, Bungendore): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at 5.20pm Friday - has burnt out 1376 hectares.

FRIDAY Jan 11

3.30pm: The Honeysuckle Trail Fire (Fullerton) is now being controlled and has been reclassified from "Watch and Act" to "Active." An RFS Rapid Aerial response Team (RART) was called in to assist in saving a property and, with the support of twenty firefighters and seven waterbombing aircraft, saved both the home and the life of a 70 year old property owner There have been no further updates on the amount of land burnt out by this fire since the previous estimate of 60 hectares.

2:40pm: The Honeysuckle Trail Fire (Fullerton) has picked up in intensity and has now been rated Watch and Act. So far it has burned out 60 hectares and remains "out of control". The fire, along with the Yarrabin fire near Cooma, is one of only two in NSW currently rated as Watch and Act.

1:30pm: Rural Fire Service crews are fighting to extinguish a blaze near Fullerton, north of Crookwell. RFS Superintendant Peter Dyce described the actions of a person reportedly conducting slashing in the area as “absolutely stupid”. It’s understood the slasher was responsible for igniting the fire. It’s the second fire incident started by a slasher within close proximity to Goulburn in the last three days. The fire has been designated the Honeysuckle Trail Fire and is currently classified as Out of Control.

On Wednesday firefighters extinguished a blaze near Marulan. Authorities say that particular fire, which burnt out 30 hectares of grassland, erupted after a man attempted slashing on the property.

Another fire started this morning on the Nerriga Road just north of Braidwood. That fire, designated the Callan Lane fire, burned out 2 hectares but is classified as Under Control.

8:30am: As we greet Friday, the Southern Ranges (which includes Palerang, Goulburn Mulwaree, Queanbeyan, Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley) has a Fire Danger Rating of Severe and there is a Total Fire Ban. Yesterday afternoon's burning vehicle near Carrick Road did not result in a grass fire near by due to quick response from emergency services including some off-duty firies. A new fire did flare up last night on the Gundaroo Road but was quickly put Under Control. Here is the latest update of local area fires:

Gundaroo Road 2 (Gunning): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 1:11 Friday, Zero hectares burnt out.

Camp Oven Spur Fire (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Being controlled as at 4.00pm Thursday - has burnt out 40 hectares.

Badgery’s Point Lookout (Tallong): Fire level = Advice. Being controlled as at 4.00pm Thursday - has burnt out 70 hectares.

- Sand Hills (Timber Top, Bungendore): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at 5.00pm Thursday - has burnt out 1376 hectares.

Leary’s Lane Fire (Grabben Gullen):  Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 3:50 Wednesday, has burnt out 252 hectares.

Munro Road (Marulan): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 10.54am Wednesday, has burnt out 10 hectares.

Matadora Ridge Fire (Bungonia):  Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 12:28pm Wednesday, has burnt out 3 hectares.

Whitemans Leap (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 5.30pm Thursday, has burnt out 2 hectares.

Bees Nest (Shoalhaven River): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 3:47pm, Wednesday. Zero hectares burnt out.

THURSDAY Jan 10

4:30pm: Reports of a car burning on the Hume Highway just north of Carrick Road. Police and Fire services are in attendance and trying to ensure the vehicle fire doesn't spread to nearby land. Traffic is currently effected as lanes are blocked for emergency services to combat the fire.

3:30pm: The good news for the Goulburn area today has been that there's been no bad news locally. We've had few updates to pass on because there have been no new fires and no worsening of existing fires. We can pass on that the Bushfire between Bungendore and Braidwood has now been contained and the Kings Highway is now opened. There is a reduced speed limit of 80km/h on the Kings Highway in place.

11:30am: A series of fires are still burning throughout the local area. The current list includes:

Camp Oven Spur Fire (Bungonia): Fire level = Advice. Out of control as at 6.30pm Wednesday, has burnt out 40 hectares.

Badgery’s Point Lookout (Tallong): Fire level = Advice. Being controlled as at 9am Thursday. Has burnt out 20 hectares.

- Sand Hills (Timber Top, Bungendore): Fire level = Advice.  Under control as at 10:20am, Thursday. has burnt out 1376 hectares.

Leary’s Lane Fire (Grabben Gullen):  Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 3:50 Wednesday, has burnt out 252 hectares.

- Munro Road (Marulan): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 11am Wednesday, has burnt out 10 hectares.

Matadora Ridge Fire (Inverary Park):  Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 12:28pm Wednesday, has burnt out 3 hectares.

Whitemans Leap: Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 10am Thursday, has burnt out 2 hectares.

- Kareela Road Fire (Wingello): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 9pm, Tuesday. Has burnt out 1 hectare.

- Bees Nest (Shoalhaven River): Fire level = Advice. Under control as at 3:47pm, Wednesday. Zero hectares burnt out.

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