Mother Nature demonstrates her powers with floods and rock falls

The boulders that blocked the road on Brown Mountain. Photo courtesy of Rock Breaking Solutions.

With 16 homes lost in the Snowy Monaro bushfires, the ease in conditions are helping bring the horror to an end. The Adaminaby Complex fire and Pilot Lookout fire were declared out over the weekend.

All other fires across the Snowy Monaro region are under control, with the Rural Fire Service currently undertaking infrared scans to find any remaining hot spots.

Monaro District Inspector Langdon Gould says despite the recent rainfall and considerable improvement in fire danger conditions there is still a lot of work to do.

The Scabby Range, Clear Range, Calabash, Good Good, Creewah Road, Kydra, Rockton and Bondi fires are being scanned with infrared cameras from the air to detect hotspots.

With accuracy down to a few metres, the GPS location is recorded and fire fighters sent in.

Either walking in, or being winched in by helicopter in remote areas, the crews attend with handheld thermal imaging devices to find the hotspots and put them out.

While the easing conditions have been welcomed, Inspector Gould says there are still challenges the rain brings with aircraft activity and the safety of the firegrounds.    

Areas of the Snowy Monaro experienced flooding over the weekend, with Berridale one of the hardest hit.

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