LITHGOW, Central West, NSW, Australia – The Gospers Mountain fire has now devoured 200,000 hectares of land.
The milestone was passed on Sunday. The extent of the Gospers fire is evidenced by the fact that with all the bushfires across New South Wales since July, a total of 2 million hectares have been burned, ten percent of which is attributed to the Gospers Mountain fire alone.
The 200,000 hectares lost is not the end of it. The fire continues to burn in the Wollemi, Yengo and Dharug National Parks and the Parr State Recreation Area. It is burning to the North of Bilpin and Mt Lagoon, South of Putty, East of Glen Davis and West of St Albans in the Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Singleton Local Government Areas, however it continues to be controlled.
Despite passing an important milestone, the fire has not significantly increased in size over the last few days compared to a week ago, however throughout Sunday the Rural Fire Service say they saw an increase in fire activity and smoke. The short term improvement in conditions, they say, has allowed firefighters to focus on close containment options in the west. The Incident Management Team is reviewing other close containment opportunities in the southern and western sectors of the fire. The implementation of close containment strategies has not changed the RFS’s broader ‘fall back options’ should they be required.
Fire activity is starting to pick up in the North West corner (west of Putty) firefighting crews were expected to be in the area overnight and throughout Monday. Aircraft will assist ground crews where required and will regularly monitor the area, the RFS says, however aircraft operations may be limited if the wind is very strong.
Fire activity is starting to pick up in the South West corner (east of Rocky Creek and burning in the vicinity of Nayook Creek) due to the remote, inaccessible terrain, ground based firefighters are unable to reach the area. Aircraft are regularly monitoring the area, however aircraft operations may be limited if the wind is very strong.
Due to the predicted weather on Monday, extra resources from RFS will be in place around the Hawkesbury LGA to assist local crews if any outbreaks or new fires occur.
The current areas experiencing the most fire activity are in remote, difficult to reach areas. The fire activity in these remote areas is likely to develop throughout the day, where large columns of smoke will be visible.
– Review your bush fire survival plan and continue to monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
– If you are threatened by fire, seek a safe location. This includes built up areas, well away from bushland.
– People with respiratory conditions who are affected by bush fire smoke should implement their health management
– Plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions, such as staying indoors and closing windows.
– Stay up to date with the situation at the RFS website or by calling the NSW RFS BUSH FIRE INFORMATION LINE on 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737) or via the Fires Near Me app.
– For information on road conditions or closures, call the RMS on 132 213 or check www.livetraffic.com Remember roads may be closed without warning.
– For information on closures of National Parks associated with this fire, click here.