AS bushfires in the Blue Mountains intensified today, a potentially serious fire at Jamberoo was quickly quenched this afternoon.
Rural Fire Service crews were stationed at the Albion Park Control Centre ready for an outbreak in the Illawarra and about 30 volunteers attended the blaze when it broke out in dense bushland at about 12.30pm, 200 metres off Nuninuna Drive.
A helicopter made approximately 10 water drops, leaving ground crews to put out the remainder.
The fire was brought under control just before 3.30pm after burning through just 20 square metres and Rural Fire Service Illawarra Group Captain Grahame Fothergill expected personnel to remain on site for at least another hour to put out the last flames.
‘‘It’s cooler today, but the humidity is very low... it had the potential to be very dangerous,’’ he said.
‘‘We were waiting for some action, so we had plenty of resources - it was very quick and very efficient.’’
Fire investigators attended the scene to determine the cause of the blaze, which remains unknown.
Adjoining property owner Mike Hoskins said crews beat him to the fire and they did a ‘‘magnificent job’’.
‘‘The winds are changing all over the place and of course with the fires in the mountains, the job they’re doing is wonderful.’’
While the fire did not progress beyond advice level and no one was evacuated from the area, Captain Fothergill encouraged all residents to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan in place.
‘‘Even if they live on the coast, no one’s immune,’’ he said.
A very high fire danger rating is in place today, along with a total fire ban – the ban will continue until at least tomorrow.
To find more about making a Bush Fire Survival Plan, visit rfs.nsw.gov.au.