EMERGENCY WARNING
EMERGENCY WARNING

FIRE UPDATE: Myall Creek fire at emergency warning

UPDATE 8PM

Summerland Way has reopened.

UPDATE 7.30PM

Summerland Way is now closed due to increased fire activity near Whiporie. 

 

UPDATE 5.45PM 

EMERGENCY WARNING - Myall Creek Fire 

  • Fire activity has increased this afternoon due to hot and dry conditions.
  • Fire is burning towards the town of Whiporie. The fire is spreading quickly through pine plantations.
  • Firefighters and aircraft, including two Large Air Tankers, are working in the area to protect homes.
  • The fire is also continuing to burn west of the Pacific Highway in the area around the Doubleduke State Forest and Tabbimoble State Forest.

Advice

  • If you're in the area of Whiporie, seek shelter as the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. It is too late to leave.
  • If you are on the eastern side of the Pacific Highway in the area of Woombah and Iluka, monitor conditions and know what to do if the fire approaches.
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  • If you are in the area Bungawalbin, New Italy, Gibberagee and Tullumorgan, monitor conditions and know what to do if a fire approaches. Take advice from firefighters in the area.
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  • If you are in the area of Swan Bay, Tabbimoble and Woombah, monitor conditions.

UPDATE 5.30PM

MYALL CREEK FIRE 

NSW Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers liaison Angela Daly said variable wind conditions heading into this evening could see increased fire activity for several hours yet.

"we have seen quite a lot of activity this afternoon given the high temperatures and northeasterly wind influence," she said.

"There have been a number of hotspots mostly down the southwestern side of the fire."

Ms Daly said the threat has eased to areas east of the Pacific Highway including Woombah and Iluka but residents in the areas should remain updated and know what to do should fire threaten.

Ms Daly said there had been reports of smoke across Summerland Way and urged motorists to drive to conditions.

This afternoon Police and SES were doorknocking in the Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Road area.

The fire continues to burn in a southerly direction in the areas of Bungawalbin- Whiporie Rd and Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Road and residents in these areas should know what they will do if fire threatens.

Ms Daly said residents in the Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Road area could leave towards Maclean and those in the Bungawalbin- Whiporie Rd area could leave towards Grafton. 

Ms Daly said while the fire was not yet a threat to residents in the Ashby, Lawrence and other regions south of the fire all residents in these areas needed to remain alert and have a bush fire survival plan ready. 

"All bets are off this fire season," she said.

"This is a fire that will burn for days if not weeks." 

Keep updated using the Fires Near Me App

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: 12.30PM

MYALL CREEK FIRE

Please be advised Police and SES officers will be door knocking residents in the Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Road area to provide updates on the current fire activity.

There has been an increase in fire activity and residents can expect to see an increase in smoke and should actively monitor their properties for embers.
Residents in the area should continue to monitor weather conditions and pay close attention to local radio, NSW RFS Fires Near Me, NSW RFS website

Current Situation

The fire is burning in the area of west of the Pacific Highway, north of the Clarence River and east of the Summerland Way.
The fire is burning towards the Main Camp Road area, Elliots Road and the Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Rd areas.
The southern edge of the fire is continuing to burn through the Doubleduke State Forest towards the Tabbimobile State Forest.
Fire activity is increasing in the area near the Pacific Highway and there is smoke affecting the area. The Pacific Highway between Maclean and Woodburn may close at short notice as conditions change.
The fire may cross the Pacific Highway later today then burn towards the Woombah and Iluka areas.

Advice

The fire may reach the Pacific highway today, it may be closed at short notice. Stay up to date with Live Traffic NSW.
Residents on the eastern side of the highway in the vicinity of Woombah and Iluka should monitor conditions and know what to do if a fire approaches.
If you are in the area Bungawalbin, New Italy, Gibberagee and Tullumorgan, monitor conditions and know what to do if a fire approaches. Take advice from firefighters in the area.
If you are in the area of Swan Bay, Tabbimoble and Woombah, monitor conditions.

What you need to do

If you are threatened by fire, you may not get assistance.
If you are in these areas and your plan is to leave, or your property is not prepared, leave towards a safer location.
Safer locations include built up areas, well away from bushland.
If you are unable to leave, identify a safer location which may be nearby. This may include a cleared area well away from bushland, or an identified Neighbourhood Safer Place https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/neighbourhood-safer-places.
Avoid bushland areas.

 

UPDATE: 10.30AM

MYALL CREEK FIRE

The Myall Creek fire entered the Clarence Valley region after making a significant run across the Bundjalung State Conservation Area on Monday night.

"We're seeing some uncharacteristic behaviour in these fires due to the extra dry conditions brought on by the drought," Northern Rivers public liaison officer Angela Daly said.

"Normally we'd expect it to be a pretty static fire but we're meeting easterly and westerly conditions which are making it a challenging firefighting operation."

Ms Daly said residents in the areas of Jackybulbin Flat, Mororo Woombah and Tullymorgan Road needed to remain vigilant due to the sporadic nature of the fire.

"We don't know when these areas are going to be threatened by this fire where embers may blow ahead of the front," she said.

"It may not happen today but could happen in the coming days to weeks. It's going to take a significant period of time to bring these fires under control."

BANYABBA FIRE

Meanwhile, residents in Fortis Creek and Stockyard Creek are on high alert as the Banyabba fire breached a control line to the southwest on Monday afternoon.

"This fire has some real potential to become problematic so we're encouraging all residents to stay up to date and fully informed with regards to that fire movement," NSW RFS public liaison Bradley Stuart said.

"Firefighters will undertake backburning operations where possible to strengthen containment on this fire so residents will see an increase of smoke and fire activity as this work is undertaken."

 

WASHPOOL FIRE

A bush fire is burning in the Red Bank Road, Coombadjha area. The fire is currently 71,700 hectares in size and is being controlled. NSW RFS public liaison Bradley Stuart said a significant amount of resources are still committed to this fire including air support and fire trucks.

Current Situation

The fire is currently burning in the vicinity of Deep Creek, Malabugilmah and the Baryulgil Township.
The western edge of the fire is burning towards the Timbarra River within the Washpool National Park.
Fire crews are working to protect life and property.
 

Advice

If you are in the area of Baryulgil, Deep Creek, monitor conditions.
Know what you will do if the fire approaches.
 

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.

 

 

EARLIER

 

BANYABBA FIRE

A bush fire is burning within the Banyabba Nature Reserve, north of Grafton. The fire is more than 7,200 hectares in size and is out of control.

 

Current Situation

The fire is burning to the north of Grafton.

The fire continues to burn behind identified control lines.

Firefighters will undertake backburning operations where possible to strengthen containment on this fire.

Residents in the area will see an increase of smoke and fire activity as this work is undertaken.

 

Advice

Residents in the area should continue to monitor conditions.

Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Follow your bush fire survival plan. Know what you will do if fire threatens.

 

What you need to do

If you are threatened by fire, you may not get assistance.

If you are in these areas and your plan is to leave, or your property is not prepared, leave towards a safer location.

Safer locations include built up areas, well away from bushland.

If you are unable to leave, identify a safer location which may be nearby. This may include a cleared area well away from bushland, or an identified Neighbourhood Safer Place https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/neighbourhood-safer-places.

Avoid bushland areas.

 

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.

 

MYALL CREEK ROAD FIRE

A bush fire is burning near Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap. The fire is more than 17,090 hectares and is out of control.

 

Current Situation

There was an increase of activity in the area of Main Camp Road yesterday.

The fire is burning in the area of west of the Pacific Highway, north of the Clarence River and east of the Summerland Way.

The fire is burning towards the Main Camp Road area, Elliots Road and the Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Rd areas.

The southern edge of the fire is continuing to burn through the Doubleduke State Forest towards the Tabbimobile State Forest.

The fire may cross the Pacific Highway later today then burn towards the Woombah and Iluka areas.

 

Advice

The fire may reach the Pacific Highway today, it may be closed at short notice. Stay up to date with Live Traffic NSW.

Residents on the eastern side of the highway in the vicinity of Woombah and Iluka should monitor conditions and know what to do if a fire approaches.

If you are in the area Bungawalbin, New Italy, Gibbragee and Tullymorgan, monitor conditions and know what to do if a fire approaches. Take advice from firefighters in the area.

If you are in the area of Swan Bay, Tabbimobile and Woombah, monitor conditions.

 

What you need to do

If you are threatened by fire, you may not get assistance.

If you are in these areas and your plan is to leave, or your property is not prepared, leave towards a safer location.

Safer locations include built up areas, well away from bushland.

If you are unable to leave, identify a safer location which may be nearby. This may include a cleared area well away from bushland, or an identified Neighbourhood Safer Place https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/neighbourhood-safer-places.

Avoid bushland areas.

 

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.

 

LIBERATION FIRE

A bush fire is burning in the Nymboida and Glenreagh areas. The fire has burnt more than 167,690 hectares and is being controlled.

 

Current situation

The fire is burning in the Kangaroo Creek and Kremnos area, north west of Glenreagh.

The southern extent of the fire is active in the Moleton, Yarracooma, Paddys Plain, Cradle Creek and Lowanna areas.

The easterly extent of the fire is active in the Nana Glen and Glenreagh areas.

The northerly extent of the fire is active in the Coutts Crossing, Shannondale, Buccarumbi and Chambigne areas.

Firefighters will continue working to protect life and property around the fireground.

 

Advice

If you are in the area of Yarracooma, Paddys Plain, Cradle Creek, Lowanna, Nana Glen, Glen Reagh, Coutts Crossing, Shannondale, Buccarumbi, Moleton and Chambigne monitor conditions.

Take advice from firefighters in the area.

Know what you will do if the fire approaches. The safest option is always to leave early.

 

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.

 

 

ROAD CLOSURES

 

WHIPORIE TO BUNGAWALBIN

Bungawalbin Whiporie Road between Summerland Way and Mooem New Italy Road remains closed.

 

UPPER FINE FLOWER TO BARYULGIL

Clarence Way between Carnham Road and Lionsville Road remains closed.

 

COUTTS CROSSING TO CLOUDS CREEK

Armidale Road between Kangaroo Creek Road and Ellis Road/Deadmans Range Road remains closed. Motorists are advised to use Waterfall Way or the Pacific Highway.

 

BUCCARUMBI TO NEWTON BOYD

Old Glen Innes Road between Buccarumbi Bridge (near Cunglebung Road) and Henry River remains closed.