FREE

Currowan and Green Wattle Creek fires: What you need to know

Photo: Tallong RFS
Photo: Tallong RFS

The Green Wattle Creek fires is burning at an 'Advice' level as of 9:30 am January 4 2020.

The Currowan fire is burning at a 'Watch and Act' level as of 9:30 am.

A spokesperson for the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee control centre said that containment lines were in place and that aerial drops and aircrafts would be deployed throughout the day for the Green Wattle Creek fire.

The main concern is the winds.

The spokesperson said that the wind speed would pick up quite early in the day. A southerly change is predicted to reach the Highlands at approximately 11 pm with minimal impact.

"The winds are quite sedate for the Currowan fire south of the Southern Highlands," she said.

"However it's not the best for the Green Wattle Creek fire.

"Things can change at any minute."

Green Wattle Creek Update from RFS

Current Situation

  • Dangerous fire conditions are expected today. These fires pose a serious threat to life. Do not be in the path of these fires. View the fire spread prediction map here.
  • Only properties that are designed, prepared and actively defended to the highest standards offer protection during extreme fire danger conditions. Only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared.
  • If you plan to leave, leave early this morning. Go to safer place such as a larger built up town.
  • Firefighters continue working to strengthen containment lines across the fireground.
  • Fire activity may increase in local areas dependant on terrain and local weather conditions.

Advice

Wombeyan Caves, Tallygang Mountain, Goodmans Ford

  • Fire activity has eased, however the fire is still active in this area.
  • Monitor conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Areas north and west of Mittagong, including Rock Lilly, Barralier, and Wombeyan Caves Road

  • Leave fire prone areas before sunrise this morning. Go to a larger built up area.
  • Only properties that are designed, prepared and actively defended to the highest standards offer protection during extreme fire danger conditions. Only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to do so.
  • Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • The fire has crossed the Wombeyan Caves Road to the west of the Wollondilly River junction, in the Tallygang Mountain Road area.

Alpine, Aylmerton, Willow Vale, Braemar, Balaclava, Mittagong, Bowral, Berrima, Woodlands and Mt Gibraltar areas

  • Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Stay alert for embers and spot fires.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Yanderra, Hill Top, Buxton, Yerrinbool and Colo Vale

  • Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Stay alert for embers and spot fires.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Balmoral Village, Nattai, Pheasants Nest, Couridjah, Thirlmere, Tahmoor, Bargo, Oakdale, Lakesland, Silverdale, Warragamba, The Oaks, Belimbla Park, Werombi, Orangeville, Theresa Park and Brownlow Hill

  • The fire has passed through the area. There may still be unburnt areas and active fire.
  • Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Stay alert for embers and spot fires.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Burnt Flat, Paling Flat, Long Flat, Colong Stock Route, Bindook Highlands, Wanganderry, High Range and Bullio

  • Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Jenolan, Jaunter Road, Tuglow and Kanangra areas

  • Fire is burning within containment lines.
  • Monitor the changing conditions.

Canyonleigh

  • Monitor the conditions.
  • Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Currowan fire update from RFS

Current Situation

  • Dangerous fire conditions are expected today. These fires pose a serious threat to life. Do not be in the path of these fires. View the fire spread prediction map here.
  • Strong northwesterly winds will push fire towards the coast today, followed by a strong southerly change that will see fires move in a northerly direction.
  • An inversion that settled across the fireground this morning is now lifting and fire activity is increasing.
  • This large fire is burning between Nowra in the north, Braidwood in the west, and Batemans Bay in the south.
  • Crews are strengthening containment lines in an effort to contain the fire.
  • Building Impact Assessment teams are accessing the areas which have been impacted by fire.
  • The Charleys Forest fire has grown along the fires western flank.
  • The Clyde Mountain fire has grown along the fires southern flank.

Advice

Tallong, Wingello, Penrose, Bundanoon, Exeter, Werai, Manchester Square, Avoca, Fitzroy Falls and Barrengarry

  • Monitor conditions.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan.

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.

Evacuation Centre

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.
  • People with respiratory conditions who are affected by bush fire smoke should activate their health management plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions, such as staying indoors and closing windows.
  • 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.
This story Currowan and Green Wattle Creek fires: What you need to know first appeared on Southern Highland News.