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LATEST EMERGENCY UPDATES - PROPERTIES ALIGHT, FIRE TOO INTENSE FOR RFS CREWS IN SOME AREAS, AIR TANKER DOWN AND EVACUATIONS UNDERWAY ON FAR SOUTH COAST

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Catalina this afternoon. Image courtesy of Mandy Mohr

From Batemans Bay to the border the Far South Coast and wider region is once again on fire. 

Properties are being impacted this afternoon and many properties are threatened.

Tuross units are in place to defend Tuross Head. Major centres such as Moruya are being impacted, and Catalina is once again experiencing fire. Many more places have fire in the area. 

 A large air tanker, a Hercules, has gone missing at Peak View in the Snowy Monaro. 

In some areas around Bodalla fire crews are pulling out of areas where flame heights are too high and there is fire on either side of the road. 

Earlier a dust storm in  the Bombala region made flying impossible for fire agencies. 

HERE IS THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE RFS CURRENT AS OF 4pm 23rd January, please be aware the situation is changing rapidly and you need to keep checking www.rfs.nsw.gov.au  Scroll down to see all EMERGENCY LEVEL WARNING updates for all the fires in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla. 

There are also dangerous fires in the ACT, Queanbeyan and Snowy Monaro, and just south of the Victorian border.  

An emergency warning is in place for the Badja Forest Road bush fire, burning over a large area between the Bega and Moruya areas. The fire is more than 240,000 hectares in size and is not under control.

Current Situation

  • High temperatures and strong winds are being experienced.
  • There is an increase of fire activity in the areas of Tanja and Dignams Creek.
  • Fire activity is also increasing in the area north of Narooma.
  • The Princes Highway has been impacted between Narooma and Dignams Creek. A number of local roads are closed due to fire, fallen trees and downed power lines.
  • This fire joined the Good Good fire in the west and the Werri Berri fire in the south west.

Advice

Bumbo, Eurobodalla and Bodalla

  • There is an immediate threat to properties. It is too late to leave.
  • Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

Areas from Moruya to Tuross Head including Wallaga Lake, Akolele, Bermagui and Coolagolite

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

Dignams Creek

  • Leave now towards Bega if the path is clear.
  • The Princes Highway has been impacted between Narooma and Dignams Creek.

Wagonga Scenic Drive area

  • Leave now towards Narooma if the path is clear.

 

A bush fire is burning in the Clyde Mountain area south of the Kings Highway, through to the Deua River Valley. It is at Emergency level warning. 

Current Situation

  • The fire has crossed the Araluen Road and is spreading quickly towards Moruya.
  • Strong winds and high temperatures are being experienced and the fire is spreading quickly.
  • Embers are being blown ahead of the main fire front. These may start spot fires.
  • Aircraft are unable to fly due to strong winds.
  • There is an immediate threat to homes.

Advice

Moruya, West Moruya, Mogendoura and Wamban

  • If you are in the areas of Moruya, West Moruya, Mogendoura and Wamban, you are at risk.
  • Seek shelter as the fire front arrives.
  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • Be alert to burning embers. These may start spot fires ahead of the main fire front.

Areas from Moruya to Tuross Head including Wallaga Lake, Akolele, Bermagui and Coolagolite

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

Woola and Nobbies Island

  • There is active fire in small sections of the Deua National Park.
  • Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Be alert for falling trees and branches.

An emergency warning is in place for a bush fire burning in the area of Big Jack Mountain in the Bega Valley area. The fire is spreading quickly and is out of control.

Current Situation

  • A fire is burning in the area of Big Jack Mountain and Rocky Hall.
  • Strong north-westerly winds are being experienced.
  • Properties in the area of Mount Durrah, Rocky Hall and Stoves Road may come under threat.

Advice

  • If you in the area of Mount Durragh, Rocky Hall or Wyndham and your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, leave now before it is too late.
  • Leave only if the path is clear. Leave towards Pambula.

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).
  • If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.