Border fire south of Eden escalates to Watch and Act on Friday afternoon

Loureen Kelly's son takes shelter aboard a boat at Snug Cove on Saturday night.

Loureen Kelly's son takes shelter aboard a boat at Snug Cove on Saturday night.

About 4pm on Friday, the bushfire that is burning north from the Victorian Border in the region around Eden escalated to Watch and Act.

The NSW Rural Fire Service stated this fire is currently more than 156,000ha and is out of control.

Current situation

  • The fire crossed the Victorian border into NSW, and is burning south of Eden.
  • The fire has impacted the areas of Wonboyn, Kiah, Narrabarba and surrounds.
  • The fire also spread on its western edge near Burragate.
  • Fire conditions are forecast to deteriorate today. Erratic fire behaviour may be experienced.
  • The fire spread prediction map shows the potential fire spread and the communities that may come under threat from embers or fire fronts. Other surrounding areas may still come under threat if conditions change, or if fires breach containment lines.
  • A number of roads are blocked and closed.
  • Avoid non-essential travel in the area. If you are in a coastal village or built up area, remain in place through tomorrow.
  • Building impact assessment teams have been deployed to assess damage to properties.
  • The Poole Rd fire has merged with this fire.

Advice

Eden

  • Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Be alert for falling trees and branches.
  • Local roads may be affected by fire, blocked or closed.

Wonboyn, Kiah, Narrabarba and surrounds

  • The fire has moved through this area.
  • Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Be alert for falling trees and branches.
  • A number of roads are fire affected, blocked or closed.

Burragate, Towamba, Nethercote and surrounds

  • If your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, leaving early is the safest option. Do not be in the path of the fire.
  • Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • A number of roads are blocked and closed.
  • Be aware of the danger of falling trees and branches.

Wyndham, Rocky Hall and surrounds

  • Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Be alert for falling trees and branches.
  • Local roads may be affected by fire, blocked or closed.

Mila, Rockton, Nungatta, Warrawilla and surrounds

  • Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Be prepared to take action should conditions change.

Rosemeath, Cathcart, Bondi Gulf, Paddy's Flat, Mount Darragh, Bombala and surrounds

  • Monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Be prepared to take action should conditions change.

The areas of Merimbula, Pambula and surrounds are not under threat.

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.

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.

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