Volunteer fire fighters are still hard at work at the Millingandi fire ground this week mopping up, on patrol and blacking out.
Bega RFS Operations Manager and Deputy Incident Controller for the Millingandi fires, Iain Stroud, said work will continue on the fire ground until much-needed rain arrives.
“We won’t sit easy with any of these fires until Mother Nature delivers rain,” Mr Stroud said on Wednesday.
“Five days on we are still resourcing it. There are at least four category 7 (medium fire fighting appliances) trucks on the ground with 20 volunteers to man those appliances.
“We have two bulk water trucks parked in a strategic spot for our volunteers to access water, and two dozers still on site. We also have two helicopters based at Merimbula Airport assisting efforts on the ground.
“One will take to the air this afternoon armed with a FLER, a forward looking infrared camera. He will fly the fire line to identify hot spots which are then emailed straight back to me in the IMT (Incident Management Team) office in Bega. A map with six figure grid references is then sent to the crews on the ground identifying where hot spots, bad stumps and the like are. The other helicopter fitted with a water bucket can then go and deal with it,” Mr Stroud said.
Blacking out will continue 40 to 50 metres in from the fire line.
The forecast for the week includes similar conditions to last Friday’s, once again on Friday, including a late southerly change. However temperatures are not expected to get as high as the 40s.