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SMOKE DRIFTING ONTO THE MONARO
Current wind patterns are sending smoke drifts across parts of the Monaro. These are from a combination of fires in Victoria and the fires to our North East on the Shoalhaven and near Braidwood.
These smoke drifts will be characterised by being low level, following valleys and widespread settling in the morning.
Currently reports are starting to come in from the Jindabyne/ Crackenback area.
Be vigilant, if you see an actual column rising with flame, call 000 immediately
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There was a bit at Glen Allen last night and presumed was from the others as nothing showed on the app

Tons of smoke around Bunyan I figured it was from other fires as nothing on fires near me

Berridale to. But I gathered they were from other fires.

Yes to smoke around Jindy.

I'm sharing this information.

Thanks for the update

Kate Dixon

Nev Barrass 😎

Tiny Julie

Tom Phillips😎

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2 days ago

Monaro Team Rural Fire Service

We've seen dangerous fire conditions this season, resulting in significant loss of property.

And the danger is still present for many communities in NSW.

Building Impact Assessment teams are continuing to assess fire affected areas across the state.

Over the past month 684 homes have been destroyed and more than 9,800 buildings have been saved.
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Great work RFS

With the grasses having dried off across the Snowy-Monaro and the VERY HIGH fire danger, make sure you think about the following so this does not happen to you!
β€’ How dry is the grass where you are about to carry out hot works?
β€’ Do you have a fire extinguisher with you? You must have a 16L minimum capacity knapsack spray pump filled with water; or 9L minimum capacity liquid fire extinguisher; or 0.9kg minimum capacity dry powder fire extinguisher
β€’ Whilst carrying out hot works we also recommend you have ready access to a farm firefighting unit with ample water to extinguish any fire outbreaks. Have someone as an observer to watch for any sparks entering the dry grass.
β€’ Consider carrying out hot works in early morning, avoid afternoons when the humidity is at its lowest
β€’ Avoid working on hot, dry, windy days
β€’ General-purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting works or any other work that is likely to generate sparks cannot be carried out in the open on Total Fire Ban days
β€’ Call 000 immediately if you start a fire
β€’ For more information, contact the Monaro District Fire Control Centre on ph.6455 0455
β€’ For current incidents or major fire updates visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
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With the grasses having dried off across the Snowy-Monaro and the VERY HIGH fire danger, make sure you think about the following so this does not happen to you!
β€’ How dry is the grass where you are about to carry out hot works?
β€’ Do you have a fire extinguisher with you?  You must have a 16L minimum capacity knapsack spray pump filled with water; or 9L minimum capacity liquid fire extinguisher; or 0.9kg minimum capacity dry powder fire extinguisher
β€’ Whilst carrying out hot works we also recommend you have ready access to a farm firefighting unit with ample water to extinguish any fire outbreaks. Have someone as an observer to watch for any sparks entering the dry grass.
β€’ Consider carrying out hot works in early morning, avoid afternoons when the humidity is at its lowest
β€’ Avoid working on hot, dry, windy days
β€’ General-purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting works or any other work that is likely to generate sparks cannot be carried out in the open on Total Fire Ban days
β€’ Call 000 immediately if you start a fire
β€’ For more information, contact the Monaro District Fire Control Centre on ph.6455 0455
β€’ For current incidents or major fire updates visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.auImage attachment

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Amanda Jackson

2 days ago

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Michelle Lette Terry Crowe

RFS TRAIL BIKES WILL BE PATROLLING RISK AREAS TODAY.
You may not know, but the NSW Rural Fire Service has 2 dedicated and equipped trail bikes that are permanently located here in the Monaro District. They are fully road registered and are operated by remote area firefighters with specialist riding skill sets.
Today, like other Severe fire weather days, they will be out and about in the Cooma area patrolling high risk ignition areas.
So if you see or hear a trail bike out and about in the bush and reserve areas around Cooma, it could well be them.
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RFS TRAIL BIKES WILL BE PATROLLING RISK AREAS TODAY.
You may not know, but the NSW Rural Fire Service has 2 dedicated and equipped trail bikes that are permanently located here in the Monaro District. They are fully road registered and are operated by remote area firefighters with specialist riding skill sets.
Today, like other Severe fire weather days, they will be out and about in the Cooma area patrolling high risk ignition areas.
So if you see or hear a trail bike out and about in the bush and reserve areas around Cooma, it could well be them.

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Nice to know and reassuring. 🀞

Sounds like a nice project for me.

Stay safe, stay upright

Thank you- we are so lucky to have this service available to us. Thank you to all you wonderful people in the fire services. πŸ’–πŸ’«πŸ’œπŸŒŸβ€οΈπŸ™

Aaron Wallace can we apply for a few of these units please???πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸΌ

Any chance of joining this part of the rfs

How do I apply? Hahaha πŸ™Š

Raife Smith Liam Allen or it could be us

Now this is something worth fund raising for, just the fact they can be used as rescue vehicles as well as frontal prevention assets is significant. πŸ‘

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UPDATE AT 1500HRS: SEVERE FIRE DANGER AHEAD & TOTAL FIRE BAN!
Tomorrow (Thursday 5/12/19) will have a fire danger rating of Severe and a Total Fire Ban for the Snowy Monaro Regional Council area, with more of these unwelcome strong & dry winds.
As a result, chances of fire ignitions and rates of fire spread will be significant, and we ask residents and visitors to the Monaro & Snowy Mts to be vigilant, and take all due care to avoid fires starting.
All fire permits are automatically suspended, and anyone who has been burning over past weeks/months is asked to check that their fire is out and stays out!
No hot works in and around dry grass or forest fuels, so keep those grinders and welders in the shed.
No slashing or mowing in dry grass, so keep them in the shed too!
No hot vehicle exhausts in the dry grass, so keep them out of paddocks with dry grass and along roadsides.
Remember, it only takes just one spark!
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Doing a good job there fellas πŸ‘πŸΌ

Zac Burgess

Amanda Jackson

Imagine that a drought prone and bushfire prone country would develop an idea to have exhausts up off the bottom and pointing up towards the air similar to a truck....oh wait we don't manufacture or design vehicles here anymore.

1 week ago

Monaro Team Rural Fire Service

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We love your work team!

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Spectacular!

You all do a fantastic job, Thank You!!!!

Goodonya! What a great photo!

Stay safe

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FIRES AT TUROSS
Over the last 3 days, Monaro RFS Brigades have been working hard with 3 fires in the Tuross Road area, resulting from lightning strikes on Tuesday.
All fires were located within a 2km radius, and contained within 12hrs of discovery, despite the challenges of accessing each of the locations and the extremely dry forest fuels. The largest of the fires was approx. 20 hectares.
Utilising a strategy of direct attack with appliances, ground and remote area firefighting crews, backed up by bulldozers to assist with gaining access and creating mineral earth containment lines, this great result was achieved.
Whilst crews continued blacking out hotspots today, a strong focus was placed on extinguishing hotspots deeper in from the fires perimeter.
Further securing of these fires and extinguishing remaining and emerging hotspots will continue over the next couple of days.
A huge thank you to the RFS volunteers who have worked day and night since Tuesday, our Fire & Rescue NSW Cooma colleagues for their work on these fire's on Tuesday, the Salvation Army for feeding the firefighters and dozer operators on Tuesday night, and our heavy plant contractors and their operators for their excellent work.....a job well done by all as we approach tomorrow's bad fire weather day!
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FIRES AT TUROSS
Over the last 3 days, Monaro RFS Brigades have been working hard with 3 fires in the Tuross Road area, resulting from lightning strikes on Tuesday.
All fires were located within a 2km radius, and contained within 12hrs of discovery, despite the challenges of accessing each of the locations and the extremely dry forest fuels. The largest of the fires was approx. 20 hectares.
Utilising a strategy of direct attack with appliances, ground and remote area firefighting crews, backed up by bulldozers to assist with gaining access and creating mineral earth containment lines, this great result was achieved.
Whilst crews continued blacking out hotspots today, a strong focus was placed on extinguishing hotspots deeper in from the fires perimeter. 
Further securing of these fires and extinguishing remaining and emerging hotspots will continue over the next couple of days.
A huge thank you to the RFS volunteers who have worked day and night since Tuesday, our Fire & Rescue NSW Cooma colleagues for their work on these fires on Tuesday, the Salvation Army for feeding the firefighters and dozer operators on Tuesday night, and our heavy plant contractors and their operators for their excellent work.....a job well done by all as we approach tomorrows bad fire weather day!

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Worked on these fires.... have to say awesome effort from everyone.....and god we LOVE THE SALVO'S😎

Stunning job, well done. Praying all remains contained tomorrow and throughout the coming weather changes.

Great job - thanks also to Cooma Fire Control office who where more than happy to supply detailed updates each time I called. Speedy work guys πŸ‘Œ

Thankyou to everyone involved for all their time and effort..much appreciated..xxx

Thanks very much everyone involved. Just think if those bulldozers were there two weeks ago the place would have been swarming with greenies. Where where they on Tuesday?

Great effort by all involved. Love your work!

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Please lets remember to support all fund raising from these rural groups.

Great effort everyone, how lucky it wasn't in the National Park

So grateful to all involved

May it pour rain Saturday...

Sandra Mortimer

Kara Hynes

Alexis Knight

Well done and thank you

Well done to all concerned, great job

Thank you to all of you may we be blessed with rain we was at the casscades camping about a month ago and around that area was very dry with fallen dry trees heading towards the casscades camping area it looked like the vegetation was dead and dry both my husband and i said it was fuel for a fire it should have been cleaned up if only it was

Well done RAFT team. And others.

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