Rural Fire Service bushfire update at 5.44pm on Sunday, January 12

A bushfire is burning in the Bombala, Rockton, Mila and Paddys Flat areas. The fire is currently over 20,000 hectares in size and is out of control.

Tim Ingram at the RFS Control Centre keeps watch on local bushfires.

Tim Ingram at the RFS Control Centre keeps watch on local bushfires.

Current Situation

  • This fire is adjoined to the Border Fire in NSW to the east and is part of a larger fire burning in Victoria.
  • Fire has crossed the Monaro Highway in the Rockton area.


  • If you are the areas of Bombala, Rockton and Mila, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if fire threatens.

If you are threatened by fire

  • Do not be in the path of the fire.
  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Wear protective clothing and footwear. Cover all exposed skin.
  • If the fire impacts, seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000).
  • If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

Other Information

  • Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking the NSW RFS website, listening to your local radio station, or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • People with respiratory conditions who are affected by bush fire smoke should activate their health management plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions, such as staying indoors and closing windows.
  • For information on road closures, check Live Traffic NSW. Roads may be closed without warning.
  • Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.