Bushfire update for Bombala, Rockton, Mila and Paddys Flat

The bushfire burning in the Bombala, Rockton, Mila and Paddys Flat areas took a turn for the worse on Friday when it joined with the Border Fire, a larger fire burning in Victoria.

NSW RFS Learning and Development Officer, Tim Ingram from the Monaro Rural Fire Station studies a map of the fires at the Bombala Fire Control Centre in Bombala.

NSW RFS Learning and Development Officer, Tim Ingram from the Monaro Rural Fire Station studies a map of the fires at the Bombala Fire Control Centre in Bombala.

In Rockton fire has destroyed property including five homes, outbuildings and infrastructure and threatened Delegate while the Border Fire has impacted Eden.

Community meetings have been held throughout the Snowy Monaro in Cooma, Bombala, Adaminaby and Jindabyne updating residents of the possible threat.

Pine forest Rockton.

Pine forest Rockton.

A Watch & Act was issued for people in Bombala including Mila Road, Monaro Highway, Rosemeath Road, Link Road and Rosedale Road on Friday and people were asked to monitor conditions and remain vigilant.

The Upper Snowy towns of Bendoc, Bendoc North, Bendoc Upper, Bonang, Cabanandra, Deddick Valley, Delegate River, Dellicknora, Errinundra, Goongerah, Haydens Bog, Nurran, Roaring Camp, Tubbut, Buldah, Club Terrace, Combienbar and Yalmy are under Advice from fires burning in East Gippsland.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council mayor Peter Beer said, "Once again we've experienced another uncertain weekend with increased fire danger across the Snowy Monaro.

"There has been plenty of smoke, and sadly the further loss of a number of homes.

"It's been an incredibly difficult time for residents and our neighbouring local government areas as bush fires burn across large parts of the south east.

"Our fire fighters and emergency service workers continue to do an outstanding job. We appreciate and value their efforts. Our communities are much safer places thanks to their bravery and commitment.

"When you see a fire fighter next, please thank them for their hard work and commitment to protecting our towns and villages. Without their dedication, there would be greater property loss and loss of life.

"My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and their properties."

"We are a resilient community in the Snowy Monaro and in tough times we come together."

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