Yarrabin fire moving away from Cooma: RFS

A bushfire is still burning near Numeralla, a small village 20 kilometres north of Cooma.

The southerly change across the area has seen decreased temperatures and provided welcome relief for fire fighters.

The Yarrabin fire is moving away from Cooma in an easterly direction.

A big coastal fog has also rolled in from the Wadbilliga escarpment and will slow down the fire, according to Monaro Team Rural Fire Service Inspector Fred Nichols.

“Containment lines put in on the Tuross Road and Kybeyan Road have held today and the fog will keep the fire where it is,” Inspector Nichols said yesterday.

“The fire has burnt about 10,500 hectares since it started last Sunday.”

There is no current threat to properties, despite previous incorrect reports about 15 properties were under threat.

“Concern was held for two properties in the Countegany area, however, there is no threat to those properties at the moment,” Inspector Nichols said.

More than 100 firefighters are working on the ground, supported by six helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft, which have working to contain the fire burning in inaccessible hilly terrain.

Fire crews will continue to work through the night to contain the fire.

The fire remains west of Tuross Road and there may also be limited access to Tuross River Road.

There will be a community meeting at Numeralla Hall today at 2:00pm to update residents and provide information. All residents and visitors to the Numeralla and Countegany areas are encouraged to attend.

If your life is at risk, call triple zero (000) immediately.

Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au or telephone 132 701 Roads may be closed without warning.

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