UPDATE - 3.30pm
The Rural Fire Service has warned communities between Tarcutta and Adelong to prepare their properties for bushfire ahead of a high temperatures and northerly winds on Monday.
Riverina Highlands RFS issued a community newsletter on Sunday afternoon as dozens of firefighters and several aircraft, including three jet-powered water bombers worked to establish containment lines.
The newsletter's advice was that "residents in the areas of Ellerslie, Darlow, Yaven Creek, Bangadang, Mount Adrah, Oberne and Toonga should prepare your property now for bushfire".
"The Dunn's Road Fire is believed to have been started by lighting on the 28th of December. The fire is burning in private pine plantation approximately 10 kilometres west of Adelong," the newsletter stated.
"The fire is over 4600 hectares and is currently moving in a north westerly direction. Firefighters have spent the day strengthening containment lines, carrying out property protection works and monitoring fire activity, Heavy plant continue to clear existing tracks in preparation for further suppression activities.
"Conditions will deteriorate on Monday 30th December with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius and low humidity, with north westerly winds resulting in Severe Fire Weather."
"Residents in the areas of Ellerslie, Darlow, Yaven Creek, Bangadang, Mount Adrah, Oberne and Toonga should prepare your property now for bushfire.
"All residents in and around the greater Adelong area should review their bushfire survival plans or prepare on if they have not already done so.
"Residents are encouraged to keep up to date with the fire situation either through the Fires Near Me App, major fire updates at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and by listening to local radio."
Riverina MP Michael McCormack urged residents to stay up to date with information about the fire.
"Bushfires at Mt Adrah and Ellersie this weekend a real worry, but RFS volunteers are doing all they can to protect property," Mr McCormack stated on social media.
"Please keep alert in affected areas, listen to emergency broadcasts & obey all directions given by emergency services personnel,"
Bushfires at Mt Adrah & Ellersie this weekend a real worry, but @NSWRFS volunteers are doing all they can to protect property. Please keep alert in affected areas, listen to emergency broadcasts & obey all directions given by emergency services personnel. https://t.co/4wqDMu9AN5— Michael McCormack (@M_McCormackMP) December 29, 2019
Earlier - 11:50am
The Rural Fire Service called in a 737 jet Large Air Tanker to help establish containment lines around a bushfire between Tarcutta and Adelong on Sunday.
The aerial tanker, which can hold 15,000 litres of water or fire retardant, was due on Sunday afternoon to join two fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter already responding to the 4600-hectare fire at Dunns Road, Ellersie.
Riverina Highlands RFS public liaison officer Peter Jones told The Daily Advertiser thatthe aircraft along with 20 fire trucks and 70 firefighters were trying to contain the fire as much as possible ahead of worsening conditions.
"The fire is still not contained, it is being controlled. It is approximately 4643 hectares and putting a lot of pressure under current weather conditions on the western side over at the Oberne Ellerslie Trail, which runs north-south," he said.
"The southern side of the fire is also quite active and has a possibility of impacting on the main power lines to the south.
"The [bush fire] will be continuing for some time. Fire conditions [on Monday] will see winds push from the north-west and potentially bad fire weather on Monday and Tuesday, with no real sign of rain on the horizon."
The fire started on Saturday afternoon and prompted an emergency bushfire warning, which was later downgraded to 'Watch and Act'.
Mr Jones said forecast thunderstorms later on Sunday could lead to new fire outbreaks across the region and people needed to keep informed about fire incidents.
"Fire activity will probably ease up on the western edge later [on Sunday] afternoon but at the moment it is running quite hard under a north-easterly wind," he said.
"The large Air Tanker has been requested to put a retardant line in for us."
Forestry fire crews were also responding to the fire on Sunday.
To stay up to date with the latest fire alerts, visit the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me website here.