WALL OF SMOKE: An aerial image of the Myall Creek Rd bushfire, which is still burning out of control and burnt approximately 79,000ha.
WALL OF SMOKE: An aerial image of the Myall Creek Rd bushfire, which is still burning out of control and burnt approximately 79,000ha. NSW RFS Northern Rivers

BUSHFIRE UPDATE: Fires merge to burn through large areas

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • Myall Creek Road, Bora Ridge fire: EMERGENCY WARNING, out of control. The Myall Creek Road fire has merged with the Banyabba fire near Banyabba Trail and Sportsmans Creek Firetrail.
  • Mt Nardi fire: Advice, being controlled.
  • Border Trail, Woodenbong: Advice, remains out of control.
  • Wardell fire: Advice level, under control.
  • Gulf Rd, Tenterfield: Advice level, under control.
  • Summerland Way closed between Mt Lindesay and Qld border.
  • Bungawalbin/Whiporie Rd is closed due to fire, between Moonem/New Italy Rd and the Summerland Way
  • Smoke impacting visibilty on the Summerland Way at Myrtle Ck, and the Pacific Highway at New Italy.
  • Summerland Way Casino to Grafton between Ellangowan Rd and Clarence Way is closed in both directions.
  • The Pacific Highway is currently open. Check Live Traffic for updates.

Important contact information during the bushfires:

  • Call 000 in an emergency
  • People in affected areas should register online with Register Find Reunite.
  • Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • For general information and assistance call the Public Information Inquiry Centre on 1800 227 228.
  • For information on preparing for bushfires go to the RFS website for update.
  • Listen to your local radio stations, especially the ABC, and monitor the NSW Police Facebook site.

UPDATE 2.10pm: A fire at Bora Ridge is burning over a large area around Mount Marsh, Tullymorgan and Mororo Road and north of the Woombah area.

Fire activity has increased on the southern edge of the fire under strengthening north to north easterly winds.

This continues to push the fire in a southerly direction towards the Clarence/North Arm River.

Fire activity is increasing in the area of Mororo Road.

The Myall Creek Road fire has merged with the Banyabba fire near Banyabba Trail and Sportsmans Creek Firetrail.

The Pacific Highway is currently open however it may close at short notice.

Advice

  • If you are in the area of Mororo Road, seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • If you are in the area of Woombah and Iluka and your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, leave now towards Grafton.
  • If you are in the area of Ashby and Ashby Heights and your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, leave now towards Maclean.
  • If you are in the areas of Tullymorgan, and surrounding areas, continue to monitor conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens. Leaving early is your safest option.
  • If you are in the areas of Mount Marsh, Six Mile Swamp Road, Fullers Road, Whiporie, Camira Creek and Old Tenterfield Road, continue to monitor conditions.

UPDATE 12.50pm: THE Border Trail Woodenbong Fire remains uncontrolled and has burnt over 16,000 hectares.

There is fire activity in the north west towards Mt Clunie and in the south east around Unumgar and McIntosh Road.

The fire continues to burn north into Queensland.

On the north western side of the fire, crews continue to patrol the Mt Clunie Road area and undertake property protection as required.

In the south east around the McIntosh Road, Tick Fence Road and Sandy Hills road areas, crews have constructed containment lines and continue to back burn where conditions allow. Ground Crews are being supported by water bombing aircraft and heavy plant and this work will continue over coming days.

There have been reports of spot overs across the control lines in these areas however crews continue working to contain them and prevent further spread of the fire.

The Fire Danger Rating remains High and winds are expected to be predominately northerly.

ADVICE
• If you are in the areas of Woodenbong, Unumgar, Grevillia, and Grahams Creek and surrounds, know what you will do if the fire threatens you and your property.
• If you are in the area of Old Grevillia, Findon Road and Lions Road, monitor conditions.

UPDATE 11.50am: A BUSH fire burning in a large area between Bora Ridge in the north and west of the Pacific Highway, north of the Clarence River and in the Summerland Way area. The fire has burnt approximately 79,000 hectares.

Current Situation

  • The fire is burning over a large area around Mount Marsh, Tullymorgan and Mororo Road and north of the Woombah area.
  • Fire activity has increased on the southern edge of the fire under strengthening north to north easterly winds. This will push the fire in a southerly direction towards the Clarence/North Arm River.
  • The Myall Creek Road fire has merged with the Banyabba fire near Banyabba Trail and Sportsmans Creek Firetrail.
  • The Pacific Highway is currently open.


Advice

  • If you are in the area of Woombah and Iluka and your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, leave now towards Grafton.
  • If you are in the areas of Tullymorgan, Ashby and Ashby Heights, Mororo Road and surrounding areas, continue to monitor conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens. Leaving early is your safest option.
  • If you are in the areas of Mount Marsh, Six Mile Swamp Road, Fullers Road, Whiporie, Camira Creek and Old Tenterfield Road, continue to monitor conditions.
  • 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.
  • Check www.livetraffic.com for road information.

ORIGINAL STORY: THE bushfire at Myall Creek Rd has escalated to Emergency Warning.

Residents in surrounds of the Bora Ridge fire should take precaution today as strong north to north easterly winds could push the fire towards the Clarence and North Arm River.

A bush fire is burning in a large area between Bora Ridge in the north and west of the Pacific Highway, north of the Clarence River and in the Summerland Way area.

The fire has burnt approximately 79,000 hectares.

SITUATION

A RFS spokeswoman said the fire continues to spread on multiple fronts and has now burnt in excess of 79,000 ha.

"The fire is still burning to the east of the Pacific highway, north of Woombah as well as to the west of the Pacific highway around the Mororo road and Ashby areas," she said.

"The western side of the fire continues burning in the Mount Marsh and Old Tenterfield road areas west of Whiporie.

"Under the predicted strong northerly winds, the fire is expected to spread south and is likely to reach Woombah and surrounds today. This includes areas around Woombah, Iluka, Mororo road, Tullymorgan, Mangrove Creek Road, Gallagher's Lane areas.

"People in these areas need to activate their Bushfire Survival Plans and if your plan is to leave, leave this morning towards Maclean or Grafton, before conditions deteriorate.

"Firefighting Crews will continue to actively defend property and infrastructure in challenging conditions, supported by water bombing aircraft and heavy machinery.

"Stay alert, monitor conditions and check your bushfire survival plan and be prepared to take action."

The Pacific Highway and the Summerland Way are currently open, but be aware that roads may be closed at short notice.

Current Situation

  • The fire is burning over a large area around Mount Marsh, Tullymorgan and Mororo Road and north of the Woombah area.
  • Fire activity has increased on the southern edge of the fire under strengthening north to north easterly winds. This will push the fire in a southerly direction towards the Clarence/North Arm River.
  • The Myall Creek Road fire has merged with the Banyabba fire near Banyabba Trail and Sportsmans Creek Firetrail.
  • The Pacific Highway is currently open. Check Live Traffic for updates.

Advice

  • If you are in the areas of Tullymorgan, Mororo Road and Woombah and the surrounding areas, continue to monitor conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • If you are in the areas of Mount Marsh, Six Mile Swamp Road, Fullers Road, Whiporie, Camira Creek and Old Tenterfield Road, continue to monitor conditions.
  • 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.
  • Check www.livetraffic.com for road information.
  • 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

  • For a list of evacuation centres visit https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/Pages/for-the-community/disaster-assistance/disaster-assistance.aspx.
  • People are encouraged to register online at Register Find Reunite https://register.redcross.org.au/ before attending evacuation centres.
  • For a list of school closures visit https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety.
  • 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.
  • For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.