Backwater comes under fire

22nd Oct 2019

A bush fire near Backwater which burnt more than 1030 hectares on the weekend is now under control. It is the latest in a series of fires that have threatened homes in country to the east of Guyra.
The fire started on the western side of Turnhams Road on Saturday afternoon, and crossed Mount Mitchell Road. An emergency warning was issued when high winds caused the fire to spread quickly, threatening homes on Mt Mitchell Road and Pinkett Road at Backwater.
The large air tanker ‘Boomer’ provided valuable air support to firefighters and landholders on the ground. The fire has burnt more than 1030ha and is being controlled. Firefighters were still working on both sides of the Mount Mitchell Road in an effort to contain the fire on Monday, with crews continuing to monitor the fire and identify containment strategies. Backburns may be undertaken when weather conditions allow and residents may notice an increase of fire activity when these burns are undertaken.
While the immediate threat to properties has eased, people in the area and to the west of Mount Nobbler should monitor conditions and be ready to take action if the situation changes.
The Bees Nest fire near Ebor is still burning within the Chaelundi State Forest, the Guy Fawkes National Park and Pargo Flat areas. The fire is currently more than 106,000 hectares in size, has a perimeter of more than 912km and is being controlled.
Fire activity is now quiet and there is currently no threat to properties. Lightning activity on October 16th and 17th ignited new fires, one on Eastern Road, and another in Chaelundi National Park near Stockyard creek.
Firefighters are working to contain both new fires to a small area as possible. Backburning is likely to be undertaken over the coming days as conditions allow.
Up-to-date information is available from the RFS website and Facebook pages.
Residents should check and follow their Bush Fire Survival Plans. If they do not have a plan, the RFS recommends people decide what they would do if the situation changes. Leaving early is the safest option.
• If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
• Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
• For information on road closures, check