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Currowan fire moves to Watch & Act overnight with westerly winds to pick up again today

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The Currowan fire north of Batemans Bay has moved to a Watch & Act level alert overnight as crews from NSW and Victoria battled the fire in gusty conditions, protecting properties in the East Lynne, Kioloa and Bawley Point areas. Click here for the latest bushfire update and information from the Rural Fire Service. 

The fire remains out of control. 

Aircraft will be in the air this morning to assess the spread of the fire. Areas that have been too dangerous to access will also be assessed by fire crews this morning. 

The Princes Highway remains closed between Termeil and the Kings Hwy turn-off north of the Bay. 

An RFS spokesman this morning however warned the fire is far from over, and unless there's significant rain could continue to burn until "it runs out of fuel". 

Strong westerly wind gusts of up to 50km/h are expected on the fire ground again today, which will once again put pressure on coastal communities in the region. 

Overnight 17 trucks from the RFS, 10 trucks working in NSW Fire and Rescue strike teams, plus teams from Victoria's Country Fire Association and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry worked on the fire. 

Conditions began to ease up in the early hours when the temperature and wind dropped and humidity rose. 

Below is the latest information from the RFS current as of 5.30am. Go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au 

Current Situation

  • Fire activity is decreasing. Although winds are still gusty, they have moderated overnight.
  • The fire is burning in a north-easterly direction, towards the area of Turmeil in the north.
  • The fire is also approaching Bawley Point.
  • The fire is burning to the north of East Lynne in the south.
  • Crews have been actively defending properties in the Bundle Hill area and are in the vicinity of Kioloa to provide property protection if required overnight.
  • The fire crossed the Princes Highway last night in the vicinity of T-Ridge Road. Firefighters are working to slow the spread of the fire on the eastern side of the highway.
  • Overnight, the fire crossed the Princes Highway north of East Lynne between Mount Agony Road and Pebbly Beach Road.
  • The Princes Highway is closed between Turmeil and the Kings Highway turnoff. Check Live Traffic NSW for updates.
  • There is a significant amount of smoke in the area.

Advice

Areas west of the Princes Highway between Termeil and East Lynne.

  • Monitor conditions. Take advice from firefighters in the area and follow your bush fire survival plan.

Areas between Bawley Point and North Durras, including Kioloa, Depot Beach, Pebbly Beach and Pretty Beach.

  • Monitor conditions. Take advice from firefighters in the area and follow your bush fire survival plan.

South Durras area.

  • Leave now towards Batemans Bay if safe to do so.

Termeil area.

  • Leave now towards Ulladulla if safe to do so.

Evacuation Centres

  • Ulladulla Civic Centre - 81B Princes Highway, Ulladulla.
  • Hanging Rock Sports Club Function Centre - Hanging Rock Place, Batemans Bay.
  • For a list of evacuation centres visit Emergency NSW.
  • People are encouraged to register online at Register Find Reunite before attending evacuation centres.

If you are threatened by fire

  • Do not be in the path of the fire.
  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Wear protective clothing and footwear. Cover all exposed skin.
  • If the fire impacts, seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000).

Other Information

  • Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service has closed campgrounds in Murramarang National Park, as well as a number of national parks. Check for closures at NSW Parks and Wildlife Service.
  • For information on road closures, check Live Traffic NSW. Roads may be closed without warning.

The next update on this fire will be issued by 03/12/2019 06:00 or if the situation changes.