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Currowan bushfire rips through hearts and homes as South Coast braces itself for another difficult day

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Our hearts might be broken but our spirit is strong. 

The South Coast is waking up this morning not knowing the full scale of the destruction of the Currowan bushfire, which yesterday and last night impacted the homes and businesses of our friends and neighbours and some of the most incredible ecological communities and wildlife in the world. 

There are reports of at least one more home lost in the bushfire, which has grown in size to nearly 40,000 hectares, and it would be surprising if over the coming days we didn't hear of many people and properties impacted.

Conditions have eased this morning and the bushfire, which now spreads across two shires, the southern Shoalhaven and northern Eurobodalla, has been downgraded from Emergency level to Watch & Act, however the advice for communities remains the same as it did yesterday afternoon and last night. 

For Kioloa, Bawley Point, Pretty Beach, Pebbly Beach, Depot Beach and Durras North area.

  • Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. It is too late to leave.

For Termeil and Flat Rock area.

  • Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. It is too late to leave.

For South Durras area.

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

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.

The Princes Highway remains closed between Burril Lake and Kings Highway turnoff just north of Batemans Bay. 

The evacuation centres are at:  

  • Ulladulla Civic Centre - 81B Princes Highway, Ulladulla.
  • Mackay Park Function Centre - Corner of Beach Road and Princes Highway, Batemans Bay.
  • People are encouraged to register online at Register Find Reunite before attending evacuation centres.

Windy conditions are expected once again in the region today. 

Community meeting 11am Long Beach Fire Station 

This morning everyone from the Batemans Bay region and beyond is invited to a community meeting at 11am at the Long Beach Fire Station where there will be a briefing from the RFS deputy incident controller Ken Hall. 

Last night the Rural Fire Service's Marty Webster, who has been working out of the emergency centre at Nowra,  said the fire could burn for months. He spoke to Kimmi Saker from East Coast Radio.