MONARO firefighters have answered the call to help fight one of the large fires burning out of control in NSW.
Five Monaro Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades left on Friday, forming what is known as a Strike Team, to help contain the 'Balmoral fire', near Mittagong in the Southern Highlands.
The RFS Strike Team comprises five tankers and a support vehicle, carrying 23 firefighters from Cooma Monaro and Snowy River brigades - Adaminaby, Berridale, Colinton, Dalgety and Michelago. They joined around 200 firefighters working on the fire burning near the villages of Balmoral, Yanderra, Bargo, Pheasants Nest, Wilton, Hill Top and Yerrinbool in the Southern Highlands.
Two Fire and Rescue NSW trucks from Cooma also went to the fire, forming part of another Strike Team.
Monaro firefighters handed over to interstate firefighters on Monday, to continue what is expected to be a long ongoing fire fighting operation.
Only one fire was reported on the Monaro over the weekend on the Ironmungie Road, near Dalgety.
A fire was lit to burn rubbish on Saturday. The fire got out of control, quickly spreading to bushland.
RFS brigades from Numbla Vale, Paupong, Berridale, Adaminaby and Dalgety went to the fire and a bulldozer was used to put in containment lines and push over burning trees ahead of predicted worsening, hot and windy conditions on Sunday.
The fire burnt around 2 hectares of bushland and was contained due in part to the forecast for windy conditions not eventuating.
There was no permit for the fire and the matter is now with police.