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Princes Hwy reopens between Batemans Bay and Burrill Lake, 80km speed limit. Fire conditions expected to deteriorate tomorrow.

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The RFS has confirmed the Princes Highway has reopened between Batemans Bay and Burrill Lake. 

The highway has been shut since last week because of the Currowan bushfire. Fallen trees and debri, active fire and fire damage to the structural integrity of the road had caused a major hazard on the highway. 

Residents will be breathing a sigh of relief, as fuel and other supplies had been dwindling because of the closure and the closure of the Kings Highway for backburning. 

Durras Road has also reopened. The Kings Highway remains closed between Nelligen and Braidwood. 

The RFS says fire conditions are expected to deteriorate tomorrow because of wind and hot weather. This may see the fire spread to the east and north following a southerly change. There is a Severe fire danger rating in place for the Shoalhaven and Southern Ranges fire area and a High fire danger rating for the Far South Coast. The Currowan bushfire is burning in the northern Eurobodalla Shire and Shoalhaven. Another major fire in the region, the North Black Range bushfire west of Braidwood is burning in the Palerang Queanbeyan Shire in the Southern Ranges fire area. For the latest information on the North Black Range fire and other fires go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au 

Below is the latest information and advice regarding the Currowan fire, which is at Advice level this evening.

A fire is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla. The fire is more than 78,000 hectares and is out of control.

Current Situation

  • 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.
  • 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 has now reopened for residents.

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.

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.