Another long night ahead for fire crews. Last night crews from Moruya, Batemans Bay, Nelligen, Long Beach, Surf Beach, Malua Bay and an Illawarra strike team worked tirelessly for many many hours battling the smoke, heat and embers in an attempt to stop the Currowan fire from crossing the Princes Highway. Unfortunately crews were dealt a hand with high winds and relatively low humidity, with the end result unfortunately being that the fire beat them. These crews should be incredibly proud of the stance they made. Image and words courtesy of Moruya RFS.
The Currowan bushfire burning north of Batemans Bay could be burning for months.
This is the confronting news from the Rural Fire Service as crews from the RFS and other agencies continue to battle the fire this evening in difficult conditions.
Properties and South Coast communities remain under threat, with westerly winds causing grief on the fire ground. The fire remains at emergency level. The extent of today's devastation will not be known for some time, as some areas are too dangerous to access and the fire is active and volatile.
The Rural Fire Service says there will be a public meeting at 11am tomorrow at the Long Beach Fire Station for concerned residents in the Batemans Bay area.
Local RFS firie and Deputy Incident Controller Ken Hall will be updating everyone about the bushfire.
The current advice from the NSW RFS for Long Beach and Maloneys Beach is to monitor conditions. Know what you will do if fire approaches as access to the Princes Highway may be affected.
If you are given directions by the police then follow them.
Rural Fire Service spokesman Marty Webster spoke candidly to East Coast Radio's Kimmi Saker this evening about the situation, about how firies are holding up and the difficulties ahead.