The RFS has reported that one property was lost in a fire at Tallong some two weeks ago.
Southern Tablelands operations officer, Lachlan Gilchrist said the stone and brick home was about 100 years old and located towards the end of the 24km long Caoura Road, which runs off Highland Way.
Locals told The Post the house had changed hands about three times in recent years and was used as a weekender. They believed it was constructed of pise. Several sheds were also destroyed on remote properties.
The Tallong fire has been classified as part of the Morton blaze, which has burnt out a total 19,313 hectares, including around Southern Highland villages.
Mr Gilchrist said remote area firefighting teams (RAFT) had done some very good work around Tallong in the past few days. Aerial water bombing, including a Sky Crane, made major inroads on the blaze last Wednesday.
"It's sitting at advice level," he said.
"We have some very good conditions currently and have the upper hand on that fire...A lot of things hinge today on how much rain we get. It will write the plan for us over the next week."
But with that comes lightning strikes.
Meantime, remote area teams are also working in "inhospitable country" off Newfoundland Road in the Bannaby area of the Green Wattle Creek fire. Mr Gilchrist said crews were trekking in and dousing hotspots but backburning couldn't be undertaken in the damp conditions. Aerial support has also been extensively deployed on this blaze. It has burnt 278,535ha.
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The RFS reported no significant change in the Currowan fire, which has ripped through 313,200ha. It is being controlled. Mr Gilchrist said most blazes in the area were burning in isolated hotspots.
"The ongoing challenge for us in the next week is what new ignitions will occur as a result of lightning strikes yesterday (Sunday) and tonight. The rain is very welcome but it also brings challenges," he said.
The 4063ha Jacqua Creek fire, near Bungonia is under control. Southern Tablelands RFS zone manager Peter Alley said crews had been patrolling hotspots for the past three days.
"As soon as we can get aircraft in, we will, but we're hoping the rain was enough to fully extinguish it," he said.
In related news, a fire near Windellama, at the end of Coghills Road at 3.20pm Sunday was believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, Mr Alley said.
It burnt 1ha of grass and lightly timbered country but was quickly doused by water bombing helicopters and ground crews.
Later, at 5.40pm RFS and NSW Fire and Rescue attended a small grassfire on the south side of Mazamet Road on Goulburn's southern outskirts. NSW Fire and Rescue captain Chris Corcoran said it burnt an approximate 100 square metre area and was believed to have been sparked by a bird landing on nearby powerlines, causing them to arc.
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