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NSW firefighter injured near Gundaroo

07 January 2013

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Australia —  A firefighter has been badly burned while battling an out-of-control fire north of Canberra.

The grassfire on Gundaroo Road, between the NSW town of Gundaroo and Gunning has burnt 50 hectares.

The NSW Rural Fire Services firefighter was taken by helicopter on Monday afternoon to Concord Hospital in Sydney with severe burns.

Gundaroo Road is closed from the Hume Highway.

Meanwhile, ACT firefighters have put out one of three blazes they were battling in the Territory’s south.

A cluster of small fires at Rendezvous Creek in Namadgi National Park was extinguished after the site was water-bombed.

Another fire of 26 hectares near Mount Ginini is contained and the ACT Rural Fire Service (ACT RFS) continues to work to extinguish it.

The ACT RFS is also working to put out a fire in the far southwest of Namadgi National Park, near Sentry Box Mountain.

Both those fires in Namadgi are controlled and pose no threat to property or lives.

Water-bombing helicopters and specialist remote firefighters are working in the area.

A total fire ban has been declared for Tuesday in the ACT, with fire danger rated at extreme due to forecast very hot and windy weather.

For information about fires, ACT residents can check the ESA website: or its Facebook or Twitter accounts, or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

All residents are urged to report any smoke or fire sightings by calling triple zero.

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