A PRE-EMPTIVE section 44 emergency declaration remains in place across the Shoalhaven as the RFS continues to monitor the region’s fire threat.
The section 44 classification describes a state of emergency for a specific district suffering severe fire conditions that cannot be managed without resources from other areas.
A section 44 offers Shoalhaven access to any and all firefighting personnel and equipment from across the state at no cost to the district.
Yesterday’s section 44 was activated in readiness for the extreme fire conditions.
Thursday morning RFS crews extinguished a bushfire near the Hellhole Quarry at Tomerong.
The fire only covered a small area before being contained.
However, it posed a continued threat with high winds providing potential for flare ups.
Emergency Operations Centre incident controller Mark Williams said all personnel involved would stay on a heightened awareness and continue to assess conditions today.
He said crews would patrol the Tomerong fire through the night, as a southerly wind change was expected at 8.30pm.
“We had crews patrolling known ‘hot spots’ throughout the day,” he said
Two strike teams of volunteers from Greenwell Point, Tomerong and Cunjurong Point were on standby yesterday and into last night at the Fire Control Centre.
Members of the Local Emergency Management Committee, which includes representatives from all emergency services as well as environmental organisations, council and utilities were also on standby yesterday and last night.
“A pre-emptive section 44 gives us the advantage of being ahead of the game. We had a helicopter on its way here but called it off as it wasn’t needed,” Mr Williams said.
“I would like to offer a big thanks to all the agencies for their co-operation and the brigades to their very quick response.”