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EMERGENCY WARNINGS FOR FIRES IMPACTING THE BEGA VALLEY - FIRE CREWS WARNED OF PYROCUMULOUS FIRE GENERATED THUNDERSTORM WEST OF CANDELO AND MERIMBULA 2.20pm 1st Feb

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  • Multiple emergency warnings are now in place for fires impacting the Bega Valley.
  •  These are the Border, Big Jack, Creewah and Postmans Trail bushfires.  
  • Scroll down for the latest  emergency warning for the fires, and keep checking www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for the very latest emergency advice. Posted 2.15pm 1st Feb
  • A fire-generated pyrocumulous storm is forming over the Creewah, Postmans Trail and Big Jack bushfires west of Candelo and Merimbula this afternoon. 

A bush fire is burning in the Postmans Trail area. The fire is currently more than 1,000 hectares in size and is out of control. Emergency warning. 

Current Situation

  • The Postmans Trail fire is burning north of Cathcart.
  • Fire activity is increasing. Conditions are getting worse.
  • The fire is spreading quickly.
  • There is a threat to areas including Mount Durragh, Tantawangalo, Wyndham, Burragate, New Buildings and Rocky Hall.
  • Severe fire danger is forecast across south eastern NSW today. The Fire Spread Prediction Map for Saturday 1 February 2020 shows the areas where these fires may spread or experience embers if fires flare based on forecast conditions.
  • The Big Jack Mountain fire is burning to the south of this fire.
  • The Creewah Road, Glen Allen fire is burning to the north west of this fire.

Advice

Mount Durragh, Tantawangalo, Wyndham, Burragate, New Buildings and Rocky Hall

  • If you are in the areas of Mount Durragh, Tantawangalo, Wyndham, Burragate, New Buildings and Rocky Hall, you are at risk.
  • Conditions are getting worse.
  • Seek shelter if the fire impacts. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire by sheltering in a solid structure.
  • It is too late to leave.
  • Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and prepare for a bush fire in your area. If you do not have a plan know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Also monitor major fire updates for Big Jack Mountain fire and Border Fire.

An emergency warning is in place for the Big Jack bush fire burning in the area around Rocky Hall and Mount Darragh.

Current Situation

  • The Big Jack Mountain fire is burning north of Rocky Hall.
  • Fire activity is increasing. Conditions are getting worse.
  • The fire is spreading quickly.
  • There is a threat to areas including Mount Durragh, Tantawangalo, Wyndham, Burragate, New Buildings and Rocky Hall.
  • Severe fire danger is forecast across south eastern NSW today. The Fire Spread Prediction Map for Saturday 1 February 2020 shows the areas where these fires may spread or experience embers if fires flare based on forecast conditions.
  • The Postmans Trail fire is burning to the north of this fire.
  • The Creewah Road, Glen Allen fire is burning to the north west of this fire.

Advice

Mount Durragh, Tantawangalo, Wyndham, Burragate, New Buildings and Rocky Hall

  • If you are in the areas of Mount Durragh, Tantawangalo, Wyndham, Burragate, New Buildings and Rocky Hall, you are at risk.
  • Conditions are getting worse.
  • Seek shelter if the fire impacts. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire by sheltering in a solid structure.
  • It is too late to leave.
  • Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and prepare for a bush fire in your area. If you do not have a plan know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Also monitor major fire updates for Postmans Trail fire and Border Fire.

An emergency warning is in place for the bush fire burning north of Cathcart in the area of Creewah. The fire has burnt more than 6,000 hectares and is not under control.

Current Situation

  • The fire is spreading quickly towards the area of Tantawangalo Mountain Road.
  • There is an immediate threat to homes in the area.
  • Firefighters, supported by aircraft are working to slow the spread of fire and protect properties in the area.
  • Severe fire danger is forecast across south eastern NSW today. The Fire Spread Prediction Map for Saturday 1 February 2020 shows the areas where these fires may spread or experience embers if fires flare based on forecast conditions.
  • The Postmans Trail fire is burning to the north east of this fire.
  • The Big Jack Mountain fire is burning to the south east of this fire.

Advice

  • If you are in the area of Tantawangalo Mountain Road, you are at risk. Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire by sheltering in a solid structure.
  • If you are in the areas of Creewah Road, New Line Road, Narrowness Road and Glen Allen area monitor conditions.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan. If you don't have a plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens.

The Border bush fire is burning north from the Victorian Border. The fire is currently more than 170,300 hectares. It is at Emergency Warning. 

Current Situation

  • The Border fire is burning over a large area north of the Victorian border, from the coast to Paddys Flat.
  • Fire activity is increasing on the northern side of the fire in the areas around Burragate and Coolangupra.
  • The fire is spreading quickly.
  • There is a threat to areas including Mount Durragh, Tantawangalo, Wyndham, Burragate, New Buildings and Rocky Hall.
  • Severe fire danger is forecast across south eastern NSW today. The Fire Spread Prediction Map for Saturday 1 February 2020 shows the areas where these fires may spread or experience embers if fires flare based on forecast conditions.
  • The Big Jack Mountain fire is burning to the north of this fire.

Advice

Mount Durragh, Tantawangalo, Wyndham, Burragate, New Buildings and Rocky Hall

  • If you are in the areas of Mount Durragh, Tantawangalo, Wyndham, Burragate, New Buildings and Rocky Hall, you are at risk.
  • Conditions are getting worse.
  • Seek shelter if the fire impacts. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire by sheltering in a solid structure.
  • It is too late to leave.
  • Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and prepare for a bush fire in your area. If you do not have a plan know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Also monitor major fire updates for Big Jack Mountain fire.

Nethercote, Eden, Mila, Wyndham, Rocky Hall, Rockton, Nungatta, Warrawilla, Rosemeath, Cathcart, Bondi Gulf, Paddy’s Flat, Bombala and surrounds

  • Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Be prepared to take action should conditions change.

Wonboyn, Kiah, Narrabarba and surrounds

  • The fire has moved through this area.
  • Monitor conditions.
  • Be alert for falling trees and branches.
  • A number of roads are fire affected, blocked or closed.