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Update: Currowan Fire

While the Currowan Fire remains at Advice level it is still having an impact on the region.

From the latest Fires near Me report Posted:17/12/2019 04:54



Advice

Advice - Currowan Fire (Shoalhaven LGA)

Posted:17/12/2019 04:54


A fire is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla and east of Braidwood. The fire is more than 92,000 hectares and is being controlled.

Current Situation

The fire continues to progress in a northerly direction, predominately on the western side of the Princes Highway.Deteriorating weather conditions forecast for later in the week will prove challenging for firefighters.While fire activity on the eastern side on the Princes Highway has eased, active areas of fire continue to burn.Active fire adjacent to the Kings Highway has eased. Crews prevented fire crossing the Highway to the south. The Kings Highway remains closed between Narranghi Road and Reid Street for safety reasons. Crews continue working to contain the spread of the fire and protect properties where required.Crews continue to implement containment strategies along the eastern and western sides of the fire. This will involve the construction of hard containment lines using heavy plant machinery towards Braidwood Road. These works may take up to three weeks to complete. There is still active fire in the areas around Benandarah, Windywoppa, Currowan and on the northern side of the Kings Highway. Crews continue to conduct backburning operations to strengthen containment lines along the Kings Highway. Waterbombing aircraft have been used to slow the northern spread of the fire in inaccessible areas of Morton National Park.There will be an increase in smoke in surrounding areas as backburning operations are conducted, particularly in the area around Nelligen. A number of buildings have been destroyed in the area. Building Impact Assessment teams are assessing the area where safe to do so.There is the potential for the fire to reach Tianjara Prohibited Area which contains substantial unexploded ordinance. This will limit suppression activities.

Advice

Mongarlowe, Myrtle Grove Road and Charleys Forest area.

Monitor conditions, there is still active fire in the area.Know what you will do if threatened by fire.Follow your bush fire survival plan. Leaving early is your safest option.

Woodburn Road, Wheelbarrow Road and areas to the west.

Monitor conditions, there is still active fire in the area.Know what you will do if threatened by fire.Follow your bush fire survival plan. Leaving early is your safest option.

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

Residents of Bawley Point and Kioloa who choose to return may now do so, but need to remain aware of conditions and be prepared to act decisively if circumstances change.There are still significant hazards around Termeil, including falling trees and access to this area remains closed.Monitor conditions, as there may be active fire in the area.Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

South Durras area.

Durras Drive has now reopened for residents.

North Batemans Bay, Long Beach, Surfside, Maloneys Beach and Nelligen areas.

Residents who chose to relocate from these areas may return if they choose to do so.Continue to monitor conditions.Be ready to take action in case conditions change.Follow your bush fire survival plan.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.

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