Shark Creek fire
Shark Creek fire Frank Redward

UPDATE: Fire crews prepare for wind change

UPDATE 7PM: IT HAS been a long and exhausting week for firefighters, their herculean efforts have saved countless properties and lives, but a change in conditions at the end of week could wreak havoc again. 

A northeasterly change expected midday tomorrow will give crews some respite, but the Bureau of Meteorology forecast the southerly gusts firefighters dreaded earlier in the week may return on Friday. 

More than 10,000ha of the Yuraygir National Park and Shark Creek area have now been burnt. 

The immediate threat to properties has eased and firefighters are still working in the area to continue to slow the spread of fire. 

Residents in Wooloweyah, Angourie and Gulmarrad need to monitor the situation using the Fires Near Me app or the RFS website

The Clarence Valley community's outpouring of gratitude has been a wonderful reminder of our community spirit in a difficult and terrifying time. 

UPDATE, 4PM: THE Clarence Valley Rural Fire Service has turned its attention to the southern edge of the Shark Creek fire in anticipation of a northeasterly change expected around midday on Thursday.

"Our main operations today have been significant backburning at the southern area of the fire, west of Brooms Head," Valley Rural Fire Service incident controller Viki Campbell said this afternoon.

"We had 12km there to burn out. Fire crews on the ground have been supported by heavy plant and aircraft.  

"Certainly conditions have been favourable for our backburning operations which are progressing nicely.

"We still have crews at other areas strengthening containment lines, dealing with fallen trees and mopping up.

"The fire is at advice level, but we've still got some work to do, in particular achieving containment in the southern division and we have got crews rostered for the coming days."

While the fire does not currently pose any immediate threats to property, members of the public should keep an eye on the RFS website or download the Fires Near Me app for the latest information.

"The next 24 hours is critical for us, if we can establishment that containment then we'll have a better chance of ensuring it stays under control," Ms Campbell said.

"There is still some internal burning within the Yuraygir National Park. With these winds it doesn't take much for an ember to land elsewhere, hence why we're maintaining vigilant patrols on our boundaries."

EARLIER: Conditions overnight have allowed firefighters to reinforce backburning lines for the fire that started at Shark Creek and has threatened towards Yamba.

The fire threat was downgraded to Advice last night. Brooms Head Road and Angourie Road are both open, however residents and visitors are advised to still avoid the area unless necessary.

Here is the latest update from firesnearme.

A bush fire is burning in bushland in the Yuraygir National Park and Shark Creek area, south of Yamba. The fire has burnt more than 9,000 hectares and is not under control.

Fire trucks lined up Monday to help protect Angourie and Wooloweyah
Fire trucks lined up Monday to help protect Angourie and Wooloweyah Fire Rescue NSW Yamba


Current Situation

The fire is burning in bushland in the Yuraygir National Park and Shark Creek area, south of Yamba.

The fire is burning to the north and south of the villages of Angourie and Wooloweyah.

Firefighters and aircraft have slowed the spread of the fire.

Conditions are easing and the immediate threat to properties has eased.

Firefighters are continuing to work in the area, they undertook backburning overnight.

Fire is also burning to the south of Gulmarrad, however, fire activity has eased.


If you are in the areas of Wooloweyah or Angourie, continue to monitor the situation in case conditions change.

If you are in the area of Gulmarrad, monitor conditions. Firefighters are working in the area.


Take a look at some of the stories from people who watched the fire come up on the villages of Angourie and Wooloweyah:

'Someone was looking out for us' - wind change and fire break halts march of fire towards village.

How fireys gained the upper hand on fire yesterday

Vets offers emergency pet accomodation

Residents make choice to stay or go as fire approached