Cooma fire threat eases

THE fire threat of the large Shannons Flat fire which has been burning out of control for five days has been downgraded to 'being controlled'.

Rural Fire Service (RFS) community liaison Peter Dyce said fire fighters were patrolling the fire but the planned back burning had been hampered by light drizzly rain.

Mr Dice said more back burning would start on Wednesday afternoon once the foggy conditions lifted.

"Remote Area Firefighter Teams (RAFT) are continuing to put in containment lines by hand in steep inaccessible country in the north-west, where machinery can't get into," Mr Dyce said.

"It was a brilliant day for fire fighters [on Tuesday] - a little bit of water goes a long way on cooler days.

"Six aircraft have been working today [Tuesday] and are doing a brilliant job."

A large number of local RFS brigades have been fighting the fire along with strike teams from the ACT and Shoalhaven.

The fire has been declared a Section 44 fire - an official state of emergency - enabling the RFS to call on additional resources outside the area, which have included other agencies such as National Parks and Wildlife, Fire and Rescue NSW, police and strike teams, 19 tankers, 75 firefighters, four bulldozers, four bulk water tankers and 10 aircraft.

The fire which is about 23 kilometres north of Cooma, started on Friday afternoon (last week) and has burnt about 2095 hectares of bushland on private property.

The cause of the fire, regarded as 'sispicious,' is being investigated by police. It is not thought to have been started by lightning.

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