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FAR SOUTH COAST COMMUNITY UPDATE. Posted 1130hrs 5/01/2019

Eurobodalla Challenging night for the community in southern parts of the Clyde Mountain Fire with fire continuing to impact in Deua and Pollwombra areas there have been significant impacts on property, possible house losses. Residents of Deua, Pollwombra and Larry’s Mountain Road areas cannot return home.

In the North Batemans Bay area fire was held west of Princes highway, North Batemans Bay residents can return home.

Between Waldron’s swamp Broulee Road and Percy Davis Drive active fire overnight moving through the area, fire remains west of George Bass Drive, there will be increasing smoke today with a tactical backburn in the area. Broulee Mossy Point and Tomakin residents that relocated can return- please monitor road closures due to active fire.

No impact into the communities across Bodalla and Narooma Areas- residents can return home, will need to monitor conditions.

Moruya residents can return home, will need to monitor conditions. Residents of Deua, Pollwombra and Larry’s Mountain Road areas cannot return home.

Fire is moving closer into the Dignams Creek area, residents need to monitor the situation closely.

Bega Valley

Challenging night for the community in southern parts of the Bega Valley with fire moving through the area of Wonboyn, Kiah, Narrabarba and surrounds. If you are in the areas of Burragate and Towamba, it is too late to leave. The RFS is advising that you seek shelter as the fire approaches and protect yourself from the heat of the fire. If you are in the areas of Wyndham, Rocky Hall, Nethercote, Eden and surrounds, continue to monitor conditions and be prepared to act should conditions change.

The areas of Merimbula, Pambula and surrounds are not under any current threat. Last night the fire burnt from the Victorian Border to southern shores of Twofold Bay. Favourable weather conditions are forecast which will allow for planning and recovery efforts. Aircraft support is ready to respond in the Wonboyn area as soon as conditions allow. The Princess Highway remains closed at Broadwater, Imlay Road is closed, Nethercote Road is closed to south bound traffic.

BEMBOKA AND SURROUNDS - The Snowy Mountains Highway over the Brown Mountain remains closed to enable the repair of downed power lines. Emergency services are working hard to reopen the road today. The highway is closed from the Princes Highway intersection, north of Bega, to the Bombala turnoff. The Werri Berri Fire north of Bemboka impacted the Snowy Mountains Highway near Mogilla Road yesterday afternoon. While the fire was downgraded to Watch and Act last night, this remains a very serious situation. If you are in the areas west of Bega between the Snowy Mountains Highway in the north and Candelo-Bega Road in the south, as well as the Desert Creek, Double Creek, Yankees Gap and Brogo areas, you must monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

BERMAGUI AND SURROUNDS Bermagui was not impacted by the Badja Forest Fire yesterday; the fire continues to spread in a north-westerly direction towards the Nutleys Creek and Lyrebird Ridge - Coolagolite areas. This remains a very dangerous fire. These fires pose a serious threat to life. The window of opportunity to leave is closed. Household water use in Bermagui remains a concern. Please be aware that unattended sprinklers and hoses are significantly drawing down on water reserves for firefighting. Roads into Bermagui remain closed from Akolele in the north to Mogareeka in the south. Fire agencies are working to determine the full extent of all three fires this morning. It has been difficult to build that picture because it is not safe to access the fire perimeter; low visibility and smoke have added to the difficulty. As soon as conditions ease, and visibility improves, the priority is to develop an accurate mapping that shows the extent of the fire and assess the risk to the community.

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