While the bushfire that started near Bemboka burnt 7500ha by Monday evening, the NSW Rural Fire Service announced it was gaining control over the blaze.
While its status was previously listed as out of control, it was changed to being controlled that evening.
On the service’s website it said firefighters were undertaking a number of backburns to strengthen and consolidate containment lines.
This will result in an increase of fire activity and smoke in the area, with the smoke remaining visible over the coming days.
The service said there was no immediate threat to property. But the fire has destroyed three houses over the past week.
But it advised residents of Brogo and surrounding areas - including Desert Creek Rd, Hawks Head Rd and Dorrigo Road – to continue to monitor the situation closely and follow their bushfire survival plans.
It said if you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option.
After a long couple of days working the Yankee's Gap fire near Bega, Remote Area Firefighters from Cumberland yesterday had a complete change of scenery driving through a snow storm only 30 minutes from Bega. #fireandice#nswrfs#nswfires#winterisfinallyherepic.twitter.com/llN0ufxfXL— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) August 20, 2018
Yes. On Sat and Sun, despite rain and what can only be described as almost sleet, the Bega fire continued to burn out of control. On Saturday morning it was 5000 hectares, now it's 7487 hectares, despite winter weather. This fire will likely destroy far more than forest yet. pic.twitter.com/iem24AfQCk— Alice Kally (@coalisdead) August 20, 2018
@GRRMspeaking in Australia we’ve been having bushfires midwinter. Song of Ice and fire actually playing out. *photos by Jillian Hayes via Bega District News also most of our towns have cool names, many come from native languages in the area of the named towns- which is awesome. pic.twitter.com/CTHXfXs4zZ— Blayne Cuzner (@BlayneCuzner) August 20, 2018
I recall @TurnbullMalcolm and @billshortenmp at site of the Tathra fires in March, ‘now is not the time to talk about climate change’. Well, here we are again, another major fire in the Bega Valley. Not much of a window is it, to talk about #climatechange and out of control fires— Amanda 🌈AusVotedYes (@taughtbygrandma) August 20, 2018
Two of our remote area fire fighters have spent 4 days working on a 4000 hectare bushfire burning near Bega. Neither of them has ever had to travel through snow to go to a bushfire.— rhzRFS (@rhzRFS) August 20, 2018