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BANGOR FIRE UPDATE

12/02/2014

Since Tuesday 14 January, the Bangor fire has burnt through 34, 473 hectares and has a perimeter of 195 kilometres.

Overnight, the eastern flank of the Bangor fire continued to burn towards control lines to the west of Laura and Stone Hut, and above Wurst Road.

There was extreme fire activity and spotting leading up to midnight, with firefighting efforts directed at strengthening control lines and managing break outs as they occurred.

The fire also advanced north towards Charcoal Road and Wirrabara, and continued to impact on the Wirrabara Forest.

There have been no reported breakouts on the Napperby sector and western side of the fire, and continual assessment is being made of this area.

A backburn was completed overnight from the south of Lynch Road to Wurst Road, with 150 firefighters and 30 farm fire units working on the fire throughout the night across difficult terrain.

Weather conditions are intensifying with wind speeds escalating to approximately 30-40 kilometres on the fire ground, and current temperatures climbing to 40 degrees leading to extreme fire conditions which will pose significant challenges for firefighters.

The eastern sector of the fire continues to be a concern, with firefighters supported by aerial bombers actively working in these areas to protect the townships of Laura, Stone Hut and Wirrabara.

Crews are continuing to actively monitor the western and northern areas of the fire.

There are some concerns for hot spots identified in the southern section of the fire towards Beetaloo Valley, and resources have been concentrated on this sector to undertake asset protection and manage flare-ups.

Although there is the potential for some rainfall from late Thursday, the CFS advises the community to maintain awareness of the fire situation and avoid being complacent as the conditions are constantly changing as the fire continues to expand.

The public is advised to continue to monitor the situation through the CFS website, social media pages and media updates.

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