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Update on Far South Coast Fires 4pm January 22nd 2020

Far South Coast Rural Fire Service report:

Update on Far South Coast Fires 4pm January 22nd 2020

Despite recent rainfall, we are experiencing a return to warm, dry and windy conditions for Wednesday 22 Jan and Thursday 23 Jan 2020. With this return to warm and windy conditions, we are likely to see increased fire activity.

Aerial scans have been undertaken to detect hotspots across the fire grounds and Remote Area Firefighting Teams (RAFT), with aerial assistance of water-bombing aircraft, are continuing to work on those hot spots to contain any future spread of fire.

Crews have also been direct attacking, where possible to limit the spread of fire and constructing containment line, crews will continuing with these strategies until the fires are contained and blacked out.

In the lead to these “deteriorating weather days,” you should review your triggers and enact your bush fire survival plan.

The key point is for residents to understand of trigger points, and how setting trigger points can help them make the right decision at the right time without the constant anxiety associated with indecision.

Trigger points will vary with circumstances, but the key points to understand are how the Fire Danger Rating for a given day and the alert level for a fire can inform your decision making. Please check https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fdr for information on Fire Danger Ratings and https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/alert for information on alert levels.

Residents in rural or remote areas should review there bush fire survival plan and if they are not prepared to the highest standard or willing to stay and defend, should consider spending the day in more built-up areas with family and friends.

These fires are still not under control, we have experienced a period of easing conditions and had the opportunity to implement our containment strategies. We are asking the community to remain vigilant and not allow complacency to set in, as we are yet to see these strategies tested under adverse conditions.

Please continue to keep yourselves informed by checking reliable sources. •Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking NSWRFS website (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au) •Understand the Alert level for the Fire and take appropriate actions. • Monitor local weather conditions at the Bureau of Meteorology http://www.bom.gov.au/ •Listen to local radio stations ABC South East NSW is an emergency broadcaster. •Call the NSW Bush Fire Information Line 1800 679 737

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