Bemboka bushfire could burn for weeks without rain

Rachel Helmreich took this photo of the bushfire near Bemboka on Wednesday.
Rachel Helmreich took this photo of the bushfire near Bemboka on Wednesday.

The bushfire that started near Bemboka may have been losing its intensity, but it has been estimated it will continue to burn for weeks without substantial rainfall. 

NSW Rural Fire Service community safety officer Marty Webster made the prediction on Thursday, saying the blaze had covered over 12,000ha and people could expect to see more smoke in the area over the weekend. 

“We do have some more backburning to do,” he said.

“The weather looks slightly blustery [on Friday] and Saturday, but we’re still confident it will stay inside our lines.” 

He said there had been an “awesome commitment” from National Parks and Wildlife Service, RFS and Forestry Corporation firefighters to battling the fire and it was now a case of maintaining the effort and managing fatigue. Mr Webster said resources would be on the ground day and night. 

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