Fire behaviour is increasing in the western end of the Deua valley this afternoon, fires have not progressed significantly in the east.
Southerly is expected across the Far South Coast from 7pm and expected in Moruya around 9pm. Residents will need to monitor conditions as the southerly moves across the fire grounds.
NSW RFS Far South Coast Incident Controller Angus Barnes reminded residents to remain vigilant.
“This fire uncertainty will continue until we get good rain. We know people are frustrated about being asked to move to safety when challenging fire conditions are predicted. However, we’re dealing with unprecedented and uncertain fire behaviour, and our clear priority is always the protection of lives and property, in that order,” Mr Barnes said.
“If we know you are out of harm’s way, we can deploy our firefighting resources to provide optimal coverage.
“We ask residents to remain vigilant. Monitor the weather, continue checking Fires Near Me, stay engaged.”
Evacuation centres remain open 24/7 at:
- Batemans Bay evacuation centre Hanging Rock Function Centre, Hanging Rock Place
- Moruya evacuation centre Moruya Basketball stadium, in the showgrounds, Albert Street
- Narooma evacuation centre Leisure Centre, Bluewater Drive
Returning to Moruya west
Residents of Deua, Pollwombra and Larry’s Mountain Road areas west of Moruya may not return home for now while NSW RFS continues to monitor fire activity in that area.
NEW NSW Police
NSW Police has deployed additional personnel to Eurobodalla to assist in the emergency response. Fire impacted areas or areas that have evacuated are patrolled regularly to protect property.
NSW Police report there has been no volume crime increase in Eurobodalla. Recent reported incidents of stealing and break and enter do not represent a significant increase on previous years. If you have information about illegal activity or suspected perpetrators, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
NEW Australian Defence Force
Australian Defence Force personnel have been deployed to the Far South Coast to assist in bushfire clean-up efforts. Eurobodalla’s Emergency Operations Centre team welcomes them, and will provide more information soon about their activities in the shire.
NEW Eurobodalla Recovery Centre
A Recovery Centre will open at 10.30am on Monday 13 January 2020 at the Batemans Bay Community Centre, 2 Museum Place, Batemans Bay.
The centre is an official NSW Government Disaster Welfare Assistance Point and will assist the Eurobodalla community with immediate support. From Monday, the centre will open seven days per week from 9am to 5pm.
Eurobodalla Recovery Centre will provide access to immediate assistance, including help with emergency accommodation, finance and disaster relief grants. Professional staff who understand the emergency will be on hand to provide information and services, and expedite government processes. The Recovery Centre is a one-stop shop, but also a safe place for those affected by the disaster to meet and talk about their experiences. No appointment is necessary. You will be welcomed and supported.