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The battle for the South Coast: Wind gusts of up to 70km/h could hit Currowan fire ground this afternoon

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The battle for the South Coast. Hot weather and westerly wind gusts of up to 70km/h could hit the Currowan fire ground this afternoon. 

Fire crews and emergency services and residents who have decided to stay and protect their properties are facing horrendous conditions on the fire ground this afternoon with westerly wind gusts of up to 70km/h forecast. 

The Bureau of Meteorology says a southerly change will come through the region this afternoon or early evening. 

Here is the latest information from the Rural Fire Service -  1.15pm 5th December

please go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or call the bushfire helpline on 1800 679 737 for the very latest information.

A fire is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla. The fire is more than 53,700 hectares and is not yet under control.

Advice

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

  • It is too late to leave. Monitor conditions around you, as there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

Termeil and Flat Rock area.

It is too late to leave. Monitor conditions around you, as there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

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.

North Batemans Bay, Long Beach, Surfside, Maloneys Flat and Lake Tabourie areas. - Decide now what you will do if you’re threatened by fire. The safest option is to leave early. Only stay if you and your property is well prepared. Stay up to date and be ready to take action.

Current Situation

  • 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.
  • Forecast conditions today may increase fire activity and threaten life and property.

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.
  • Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.