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Currowan Bushfire: What you need to know, bushfires in Australia, Batemans Bay, Shoalhaven

Smoke moving into Ulladulla yesterday. Photo: SAM STRONG.
Smoke moving into Ulladulla yesterday. Photo: SAM STRONG.

Everything you need to know for the Currowan bushfire currently burning between Batemans Bay and the Shoalhaven.

LATEST ADVICE from the RFS

A fire is burning in the Bimberamala National Park, Shallow Crossing State Forest, South Brooman State Forest and Murramarang National Park, burning north of Batemans Bay. The fire has burnt more than 24,536 hectares and is not yet under control.

The Hanging Rock Evacuation Centre.

The Hanging Rock Evacuation Centre.

Current Situation

  • Fire decreased overnight. Although winds are still gusty, they have moderated.
  • The fire is burning in a north-easterly direction, towards the area of Turmeil in the north.
  • The fire is also approaching Bawley Point.
  • The fire is burning to the north of East Lynne in the south.
  • Crews have been actively defending properties in the Bundle Hill area and are in the vicinity of Kioloa to provide property protection if required overnight.
  • The fire crossed the Princes Highway last night in the vicinity of T-Ridge Road. Firefighters are working to slow the spread of the fire on the eastern side of the highway.
  • Overnight, the fire crossed the Princes Highway north of East Lynne between Mount Agony Road and Pebbly Beach Road.
  • There is a significant amount of smoke in the area.

Advice

Areas west of the Princes Highway between Termeil and East Lynne.

  • Monitor conditions. Take advice from firefighters in the area and follow your bush fire survival plan.

Where is the fire?

To see the source of the map, click on the photo.

To see the source of the map, click on the photo.

Areas between Bawley Point and North Durras, including Kioloa, Depot Beach, Pebbly Beach and Pretty Beach.

  • Monitor conditions. Take advice from firefighters in the area and follow your bush fire survival plan.

South Durras area.

  • Leave now towards Batemans Bay if safe to do so.

Termeil area.

  • Leave now towards Ulladulla if safe to do so.

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).

Other Information

  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
  • Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service has closed campgrounds in Murramarang National Park, as well as a number of national parks. Check for closures at NSW Parks and Wildlife Service.

Be aware some sections of the Princes Highway have been closed. A map of these sections is below.

Evacuation Centres OPEN

2 December

Shoalhaven

Ulladulla Civic Centre

81B Princes Hwy, Ulladulla NSW 2539

Open until further notice

Eurobodalla

Hanging Rock Sports Club Function Centre

Hanging Rock Pl, Batemans Bay NSW 2536

Open until further notice

This story Currowan Fire: What you need to know first appeared on Bay Post-Moruya Examiner.