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Currowan bushfire and North Black Range bushfires remain at Advice level

Update 2 fires

♨️CURROWAN AND NORTH BLACK RANGE BUSHFIRE update 5.05pm 9th December

♨️Both major fires remain at Advice level this afternoon. The advice for North Black Range is under the advice and information about Currowan. Please read on for recent information from the RFS. You can also stay upto date by going to www.rfs.gov.au

♨️ A new Advice is current for Maloneys Drive, Maloneys Beach. The RFS have advised that the fire is small with no threat to life or property. This fire is being attended to.

♨️Please also note the RFS says the Kings Highway is expected to remain closed between Monga and Nelligen until later in the week.

Current Situation - Currowan

  • The fire continues to progress in a northerly direction, predominately on the western side of the Princes Highway towards the Morton National Park. Fire activity on the eastern side on the Princes Highway has eased, however, active areas of fire continue to burn.
  • The fire continues to move in a westerly direction towards the cleared country to the east of Mongarlowe.
  • There is still some active fire in the areas around Benandarah, Windywoppa, Currowan and other areas on the northern side of the Kings Hwy.
  • The fire may occasionally flare up in areas of unburnt fuel around Lake Tabourie, Bawley Point, Kioloa, Pretty Beach, Pebbly Beach, Depot Beach, Durras North, and South Durras.
  • Crews continue their efforts to contain the spread of the fire.
  • There will be an increase in smoke in surrounding areas as backburning operations are conducted.
  • A number of buildings have been destroyed in the area. Building Impact Assessment teams will inspect the area when safe to do so.
  • The Princes Highway is closed between Burrill Lake and the Kings Highway turnoff.
  • The Kings Highway is closed between Nelligen and Forest River Road, Monga.
  • Conditions are expected to deteriorate on Tuesday. This may see the fire spread to the east and north following a southerly change.

Advice

Mongarlowe, Myrtle Grove Road and Charleys Forest area.

  • Monitor conditions. Fire is increasing in the area.
  • Know what you will do if threatened by fire.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan. Leaving early is your safest option.

Woodburn Road, Wheelbarrow Road and areas to the west.

  • Monitor conditions, there is still active fire in the area.
  • Know what you will do if threatened by fire.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan. Leaving early is your safest option.

Kioloa, Bawley Point, Pretty Beach, Pebbly Beach, Depot Beach and Durras North area and Termeil and Flat Rock area.

  • Residents of Bawley Point and Kioloa who choose to return may know do so, but need to remain aware of conditions and be prepared to act decisively if circumstances change.
  • There are still significant hazards around Termeil, including falling trees and access to this area remains closed.
  • Monitor conditions, as there may be active fire in the area.
  • Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

South Durras area.

  • Durras Drive at Princes Hwy is closed to all traffic due to falling trees in the area. Every effort is being made to make the area safe to return to.

North Batemans Bay, Long Beach, Surfside, Maloneys Beach and Nelligen areas.

  • Residents who chose to relocate from these areas may return if they choose to do so.
  • Continue to monitor conditions.
  • Be ready to take action in case conditions change.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan.
  • If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

Current Situation - North Black Range

  • Crews have undertaken backburning to strengthen containment lines around the fireground.
  • There is ongoing fire activity in the north around Jones Road and Watsons Road.
  • Crews continue to extinguish hotspots and monitor for fire activity on the western side of the fire around Butmaroo, Forbes Creek, Rossi; the eastern side of the fire around Bombay, Mt Elrington, Farringdon; and the southern side of the fire around Harolds Cross, Vernally Road, Gumms Road.
  • High temperatures, low humidity are expected to increase fire dangers today and tomorrow.

Advice

  • If you are in the areas of Warri, Manar, Braidwood, Bombay, Little Bombay, Mount Elrington, Farringdon, Wallaces Gap, Jembaicumbene Creek, Bendoura, Majors Creek, Reidsdale, Hoskinstown/Rossi, Forbes Creek and Buttmaroo, continue to monitor the situation. Follow advice from firefighters.
  • If you are in the area of Mongarlowe, refer to the Currowan fire Major Fire Update.
  • Smoke is expected to continue to impact communities west of this fire for a number of days. Residents with breathing difficulties should take appropriate precautions.
  • If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.
  • The Kings Highway is currently closed east of Braidwood between Forest River Road, Monga to Nelligen due to back burning operations as part of the Currowan (Shoalhaven) fire. This expected to remain in place until later in the week.
  • Tallaganda National Park, State Conservation Area and State Forest are closed. All roads in the area including Mulloon Fire Trail and Lowden Road are closed.

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).

Evacuation Centres

Other Information

  • Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking the NSW RFS website, 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.
  • Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.