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Batemans Bay residents told to prepare as bushfire crisis far from over

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Superintendent of the Far South Coast Rural Fire Service John Cullen at today's public meeting about the bushfire emergency at Long Beach. 

A community bushfire emergency meeting at Long Beach, Batemans Bay today has been told without "some very nice rain or weather", the 16,000 hectare Currowan bushfire could "grow, grow, grow." Click here to access the latest information about the bushfire which remains at emergency level. 

One of the local Rural Fire Service members to address the meeting was Ken Hall, who has also been working as a Deputy Incident Controller. He said while there was no immediate threat to the Batemans Bay area over the next few days that could change if the fire continued to travel south and there were strong nor'westerlies.

"We can't put this fire out, it is so dry in the bush, it will just keep jumping over our control lines. So it's one of those things like you've see up north, these fires that grow, grow, grow. It's going to be one of those things, so unless we get some very nice rain, or weather that's going to push it for a long time in the right direction the chances of us probably stopping it is pretty difficult at the moment," he said.

"We've got a couple of days to prepare, if it keeps travelling south and we get a very strong nor'westerly it could come in... "

He said it was important for the local people to stay informed, know the risk and ensure their families were prepared.

A 45,000 litre capacity aircraft and 15,000 litre capacity aircraft have been working to protect properties today in the Bawley Point and Kioloa area. The RFS has said the conditions have been too dangerous and difficult today for fire-fighters to get a good handle on the fire, with property protection the main aim. The fire region has been experience severe wind gusts. 

For information about how to prepare a fire plan please go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au 

Currowan bushfire emergency current situation - 7.45pm 2nd December 

  • Fire activity has increased this afternoon due to strong and gusty winds.
  • The fire is burning in a north-easterly direction, towards the area of Turmeil.
  • The fire crossed the Princes Highway last night. Firefighters and aircraft have been working to slow the spread of the fire on the eastern side of the highway.
  • The fire has crossed both sides of T-Ridge Road. There is also fire activity west of Joes Nose Road.
  • Strong winds are pushing the fire towards East Lynne.
  • The Princes Highway is closed between Turmeil and the Kings Highway turnoff. This has cut access to coastal communities. 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.

  • Seek shelter as the fire impacts. It is too late to leave.

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

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

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.