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'Really clear message, today is the decision day, tomorrow, after tomorrow morning it will be too late', north Batemans Bay residents told to decide whether to stay and defend their homes from the Currawan bushfire, or leave.

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Residents of northern Batemans Bay suburbs at today's bushfire public meeting at Long Beach, they've been told they need to make a decision about whether they are staying in, or leaving their homes. 

Tomorrow will be a severe fire day for the South Coast, Illawarra and Far South Coast, with strong westerly winds forecast and temperatures rising into the 30s. 

The Rural Fire Service has told residents in the northern Batemans Bay suburbs of Long Beach, Maloneys Beach, North Batemans Bay and Surfside to expect spotting from the large Currowan bushfire, which has been burning out of control for days between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay. 

Rural Fire Service deputy incident controller Ken Hall has told residents at a public meeting at Long Beach today to decide today whether they plan to stay and defend their properties or evacuate. He said it was a "really clear message". 

"Today is the decision day, tomorrow, after tomorrow morning it will be too late.

"Leave by 9:00 am tomorrow. Be prepared to be away for a week. If it hits Cullendulla it will be going in that north Batemans Bay area about the same time, so leave tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile local crews, many who have had little or no sleep over the last 48 hours, are working tirelessly trying to hold the bushfire and protect life and property.  Incident controller Mark Williams said there have been over 300 of men and women on the fire frontline today. The extent of the damage is not known, however there has been loss of property. 

Please go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for the latest information about the bushfire.

The fire has been at Watch & Act status today and the advice to residents has remained (as of 6.30pm 4th December): 

A fire is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla. The fire is more than 47,400 hectares and is not yet under control.

Current Situation

  • Fire conditions have started to ease across parts of the fireground.
  • The fire continues to spread towards the coast in the areas of Kioloa, Pretty Beach, Pebbly Beach, Depot Beach and Durras North.
  • The fire has reached the coast in some areas.
  • Firefighters are working to protect homes.
  • The fire is also moving in an easterly direction towards Termeil and Bawley Point.
  • The fire is also impacting on areas around East Lynne.
  • The fire has spotted in Meroo National Park, to the east of the Princes Highway, south of Termeil Creek and north of Bawley Point Road.
  • The fire is highly visible from areas including Lake Tabourie.
  • The Princes Highway is closed between Burrill Lake and the Kings Highway turnoff. Check Live Traffic NSW for updates.

Advice

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

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

Termeil and Flat Rock area.

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

South Durras area.

  • Leave now towards Batemans Bay if safe to do so.

Areas west of the Princes Highway between Termeil and East Lynne.

  • Monitor conditions. Take advice from firefighters in the area and follow your bush fire survival plan.

Evacuation Centres

  • Ulladulla Civic Centre - 81B Princes Highway, Ulladulla.
  • Mackay Park Function Centre - Corner of Beach Road and Princes Highway, Batemans Bay.
  • Braidwood National Theatre Community Centre (opens 11:00am Thursday 5 December) - 100 Wallace Street, Braidwood.
  • 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

  • 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.

The next update on this fire will be issued by 04/12/2019 19:30 or if the situation changes.