Amelia Ryan said it was fairly harrowing in Tenterfield yesterday when they came out of our rehearsal to see the skies filled with smoke! Totally awful as we watched the fire travel so rapidly across the outskirts of the town.
Amelia Ryan said it was fairly harrowing in Tenterfield yesterday when they came out of our rehearsal to see the skies filled with smoke! Totally awful as we watched the fire travel so rapidly across the outskirts of the town. Amelia Ryan

Watch and Act still in place for out of control fires

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

UPDATE 5.00pm: A BUSH fire burning in the Long Gully Road, Drake area has burnt more than 22,200 hectares and is out of control.

The fire is burning in bushland south of Drake and Tabulum, in the Girard State Forest.

The fire is burning in a northerly direction along Long Gully Road and Plains Station Road, towards the Bruxner Highway and the villages of Drake and Tabulum. It is expected to reach the area of Drake over the coming hours.

Firefighters are working with property owners along both these roads to protect properties.

Strong winds are expected to continue over the coming days. Fallen trees and fire may impact local roads.

If you are in the area of Ewingar, Tilbaroo and areas on the western side of the Clarence River, put your bush fire survival plan into action now.

Well prepared and actively defended properties can offer protection.

Areas around Drake and on the eastern side of the Clarence River should monitor conditions closely. Ensure you know what you will do if the fire impacts on your property.

The Bruxner Highway may be closed in the next hour. Check Live Traffic for updates.

If you live in the area but are away from your home, it may not be safe to return to your property.

A community meeting was held at 2pm today at Drake Community Hall, Tabulam Street in Drake.

 

Tenterfield:

A bush fire is burning in the area around Mount Mackenzie Road, Tenterfield. The fire has burnt more than 3500 hectares and is currently being controlled.

A bush fire is burning in the Mount Mackenzie Road area, on the southern outskirts of Tenterfield.

The fire has moved to the north east towards Billirimba Road and the Bruxner Highway. Crews remain on scene to bring the fire under control.

The Bruxner Highway is currently open and may be affected by smoke.

Advice

Follow your bush fire survival plan, and know what you will do if the fire threatens your property.

If you plan to leave, or you are not prepared, leave early.

A community meeting is scheduled for 3.30pm Sunday at the Tenterfield Evacuation Centre, Tenterfield Showgrounds.

Shark Creek:

A bush fire burning in the Shark Creek area has burnt 3600 hectares and is out of control.

The fire is burning in a north easterly direction towards Brooms Head Road in Taloubmi.

Firefighters are in position to protect homes if required.

Brooms Head Road is now closed. Stay up to date with Live Traffic.

Advice

People in areas of Wooloweyah and Angourie should monitor conditions for smoke and embers. Know what you'll do if the fire threatens.

Embers may be blown ahead of the fire, creating spot fires. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.

Homes can offer safety. Continue to monitor the situation and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

 

UPDATE 2.27pm: THE Bees Nest Fire (Armidale) and Long Gully Fire (Tenterfield) have been revised to Watch and Act due to easing conditions across the fireground.

Firefighters continue to protect properties that come under threat. There are no current Emergency Warnings for #nswfires #NSWRFS

 

UPDATE 12.07pm: 

Drake:

Long Gully Rd, Drake (Tenterfield LGA). Bruxner Highway may close at short notice later today.

Residents and travellers should plan their trip accordingly. Stay up to date on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. #nswrfs #nswfires

NSW RFS said whilst their members continue to work on fires through NSW RFS, they were pleased to be able to provide assistance to QLD.

A further 50 firefighters are being deployed today and 50 are returning tomorrow from a three day commitment.

NSW RFS large Air Tanker has also been able to assist with multiple drops across the border. #nswfires #nswrfs

 

UPDATE Sunday 8.16am: THERE is very high fire danger today for the Far North Coast, North Coast and New England areas. Strong winds are expected to continue today, making it another challenging day for hundreds of firefighters working in the area.

Drake:

Firefighters have been working through the night to slow the fire and protect homes at the Long Gully Road fire, south of Drake. They've kept the fire to the western side of the Clarence River but another challenging day is ahead with strong winds forecast. The fire has now burnt more than 20,000 hectares.

 

Tenterfield:

A bush fire is burning in the area around Mount Mackenzie Road, Tenterfield. The fire has burnt more than 3,518 hectares and is currently being controlled.

A bush fire is burning in the Mount Mackenzie Road area, on the southern outskirts of Tenterfield.

The fire has moved to the north east towards Billirimba Road and the Bruxner Highway. Crews remain on scene to bring the fire under control.

The Bruxner Highway is currently open but may be affected by smoke.

 

UPDATE 7.43pm: FIRE zones in Northern NSW and SE QLD have been declared a Catastrophe by the Insurance Council of Australia

This afternoon the organisation declared a Catastrophe for bushfires that have damaged or destroyed homes.

This means policy holders whose homes were damaged or destroyed are given priority. Claims will be triaged by insurers to ensure support is directed to property-owners impacted by these fires.

ICA ceo Rob Whelan said that more than 70 bushfires were still burning across southern QLD and northern NSW. The fires fanned by high winds have resulted in multiple property losses since September 5.

The council said the extent of property losses is still yet to be determined, as is an estimate of the financial loss.

"The Catastrophe declaration is intended to alleviate some of the emotional and financial stress experienced by property owners affected by these bushfires," Mr Whelan said. 

"Insurance companies are standing by to help their customers. I encourage anyone who has suffered property damage to contact their insurer as soon as possible to seek guidance on the claims processand the assistance they are entitled to under their policy."

Under the declarationthe ICA has:

  • Activated its disaster hotline - 1800 734 621 -to assist policy holders if they are uncertain of their insurance details, or have general inquiries about the claims process
  • Community members can also inquire via www.disasters.org.au.

The ICA is making arrangements to represent the insurance industry at community meetings in affected areas. The meetings will provide property owners with important information about the insurance claim process.

For bushfire recovery tipsvisit: http://?understandinginsurance.com.au/types-of-disasters/bushfires.

 

UPDATE 6.23pm:  BUSH fire is burning in the Long Gully Rd, Drake area. The fire has burnt more than 13,000 hectares and is out of control and is burning in remote terrain south of Drake and Tabulum, in the Girard State Forest.

The fire is burning quickly in an easterly direction.

The fire has crossed the Plain Station Road, and is burning on the western side of the Clarence River.

The fire may impact on areas around Cleveland Crossing and Cleveland Plain.

Advice

If you are in the area of Ewingar, Tilbaroo and areas on the western side of the Clarence River, seek shelter if the fire impacts on your location. Take shelter in a solid structure when the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are in the area of Cleveland Crossing or Cleveland Plain, monitor conditions. Ensure you know what you will do if the fire impacts on your property.

If you live in the area but are away from your home, it may not be safe to return to your property.

 

UPDATE 5.37pm: The NSW Rural Fire Service has completed an initial assessment of areas affected by bush fires yesterday.

At this stage, one home has been confirmed destroyed, with another five damaged. A number of outbuildings have also been destroyed or damaged.

The initial assessment of property impact is:

Mount McKenzie Road fire, Tenterfield (60 per cent of area assessed):
1 home destroyed, 4 damaged
3 facilities destroyed (two car yards and a pistol club)
12 outbuildings destroyed, 8 damaged
65 homes in the immediate area of the fire were saved

View Street, Lidsdale (100 per cent of area assessed)
1 home damaged
3 outbuildings destroyed

Building Impact Assessment Teams have been unable to inspect properties at the Long Gully Road fire near Drake, due to dangerous conditions.

Across the firegrounds impacted yesterday, at least 160 homes in the immediate area of the fires were saved, along with 15 facilities and 81 outbuildings.

 

 

 

UPDATE 5.15pm: 

Drake: A BUSH fire is burning in the Long Gully Rd, Drake area. The fire has burnt more than 13,000 hectares and is out of control.

The fire is burning in remote terrain south of Drake and Tabulum, in the Girard State Forest.

The fire is burning quickly in an easterly direction.

The fire has crossed the Plain Station Road, and is burning on the western side of the Clarence River.

The fire may impact on areas around Cleveland Crossing and Cleveland Plain.

Advice

If you are in the area of Ewingar, Tilbaroo and areas on the western side of the Clarence River, seek shelter if the fire impacts on your location. Take shelter in a solid structure when the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are in the area of Cleveland Crossing or Cleveland Plain, monitor conditions. Ensure you know what you will do if the fire impacts on your property.

If you live in the area but are away from your home, it may not be safe to return to your property.

Tenterfield: A BUSH fire is burning in the area around Mount Mackenzie Road, on the southern outskirts of Tenterfield. The fire has burnt more than 1400 hectares and is currently out of control.

A strong wind change moved through the area overnight. The fire has moved to the north east towards Billirimba Road and the Bruxner Highway.

The Bruxner Highway is currently open but may be affected by smoke.

Advice

It is too late to leave. Residents should seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

 

UPDATE 12.36pm: NSW Rural Fire Service has posted an update on the firefighter injured yesterday at Tenterfield.

They said, a NSW RFS volunteer firefighter has been seriously injured whilst fighting a fire near Tenterfield in the state's north yesterday afternoon.

The man was one of two firefighters in a fire truck fighting the Mount Mackenzie Road fire, south of the Tenterfield township.

The firefighter has suffered serious burns to his hands, arm, legs, back, face and airways.

The fire truck was destroyed by fire.

The firefighter was transported to Tenterfield Hospital for initial treatment and was stabilised before being airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital. He is in a critical but stable condition.

The second firefighter was not injured.

NSW experienced unprecedented fire conditions for so early in the year, resulting in dangerous conditions for firefighters and the community.

Sadly, this injury serves as a sobering reminder about how dangerous the conditions are, and the risks that our firefighters take to protect their community.

 

UPDATE 11.47am: TENTERFIELD mayor Peter Petty said "it blew us away" how close the fire yesterday came to the town, but says today, they are safe.

Cr Petty said the fire is now burning near rocky Road on the eastern side and winds are blowing from the south-west.

Cr Petty said while houses, farm sheds, stock yards and fencing were lost in the fire, fire fighters worked hard to prevent more loss.

"It blew us away how close the fire came, right to the western edge of town."

He said the fire burnt through Saddlers Estate, but the hard work of emergency personnel saved homes there.

"They have been outstanding," he said. "They haven't stopped, and they are still out there now.

Cr Petty said they really appreciated all the offers of support, from emergency services, surrounding councils, the Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott and Lismore MP Janelle Saffin. 

He said the minister offered to help them with "anything we need".

Cr Petty also offered his best wishes to the local firefighter who was injured yesterday and is in a Brisbane Hospital.

"We hope he is OK, he is in the best place and he is being looked after." 

 

UPDATE 10.45am: "WATER, water, water", that's what Tenterfield desperately needs to battle a fire that's burnt more than 3500ha in a day.

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin Ms Saffin said the fire, which is now at Watch and Act rating, was still burning and the wind was picking up.

She had been out in the street this morning talking to people about what was needed.

Ms Saffin said she had been speaking with the Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott and relayed to him the urgent need for more water.

She said given the drought situation, the water shortage made fighting the fires extremely difficult.

She has praised the efforts of emergency services personnel, and sent her prayers and best wishes to a firefighter injured yesterday.

The newly elected State member for Tenterfield arrived yesterday to attend the Peter Allen Festival.

Ms Saffin said the people of Tenterfield were in shock, but were resilient.

She said she wanted to commend the NSW Fire & Rescue fire fighters RFS, and all the emergency services for their "wonderful" effort in a challenging environment.

"They have not stopped," she said.

"Sadly a firefighter has been injured. My thoughts and prayers go to the family - they are all out there making us safe."

She said the festival was going ahead as visitors were already in town for the event, but in a much more subdued way.

Drake; A bush fire is burning in the Long Gully Rd, Drake area. The fire has burnt more than 13,600 hectares in size and is out of control.

The fire is burning in remote terrain south-west of the Drake village, within the Girard State Forest. It has crossed Long Gully Road, Rocky (Timbarra) River.

The fire is now burning in an east to north-easterly direction towards the Bruxner Highway and Plains Station Road.

Advice

It is too late to leave. Residents in Ewingar, Tilbaroo and areas on the western side of the Clarence River should seek shelter as the fire approaches.

Take shelter in a solid structure when the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are caught in the path of the fire, you may die or be injured.

If you live in the area but are away from your home, it may not be safe to return to your property.

 

UPDATE 10.28am:

Tenterfield:  A BUSH fire is burning in the area around Mount Mackenzie Road, Tenterfield. The fire has burnt more than 3500 hectares and is currently out of control.

The fire, on the southern outskirts of Tenterfield, has moved to the north east towards Billirimba Road and the Bruxner Highway. Crews remain on scene.

The Bruxner Highway is currently open but may be affected by smoke.

Advice

Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens your property.

If you plan to leave, or you are not prepared, leave early.

Well prepared, actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.

Drake: A bush fire is burning in the Long Gully Rd, Drake area. The fire has burnt more than 6279 hectares in size and is out of control.

The fire is burning in remote terrain south-west of the Drake village, within the Girard State Forest. It has crossed Long Gully Road, Rocky (Timbarra) River.

The fire is now burning in an east to north-easterly direction towards the Bruxner Highway and Plains Station Road.

Advice

It is too late to leave. Residents in Ewingar, Tilbaroo and areas on the western side of the Clarence River should seek shelter as the fire approaches.

Take shelter in a solid structure when the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are caught in the path of the fire, you may die or be injured.

If you live in the area but are away from your home, it may not be safe to return to your property.

 

UPDATE 9.07am:

Tenterfield: A bush fire is burning in the area around Mount Mackenzie Road, Tenterfield. The fire has burnt more than 1,400 hectares and is currently out of control.

Current Situation

A bush fire is burning in the Mount Mackenzie Road area, on the southern outskirts of Tenterfield.

A strong wind change moved through the area overnight. The fire has moved to the north east towards Billirimba Road and the Bruxner Highway.

The Bruxner Highway is currently open but may be affected by smoke.

Advice

It is too late to leave. Residents should seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

Drake: A BUSH fire is burning in the Long Gully Rd, Drake area. The fire has burnt more than 6279 hectares in size and is out of control.

The fire is burning in remote terrain south-west of the Drake village, within the Girard State Forest.

The fire has crossed Long Gully Road, Rocky (Timbarra) River.

A strong wind change moved through the area overnight. The fire is now burning in an east-north-easterly direction towards the Bruxner Highway and Plains Station Road.

Advice

It is too late to leave. Residents in Ewingar, Tilbaroo and areas on the western side of the Clarence River should seek shelter as the fire approaches.

Take shelter in a solid structure when the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are caught in the path of the fire, you may die or be injured.

 

 

UPDATE 8.50am: A FIRE is currently burning on the border of Queensland and New South Wales to the north-west of Stanthorpe and west of the New England highway. It is likely the fire will burn in to NSW in the coming hours.

The fire is not currently threatening homes, however residents in the area should enact their bush fire survival plan. If your plan is to leave, leave now before the fire threatens.

For more information, go to the QFES website.

The weather forecast for the Northern Rivers says some areas will experience raised dust early this morning, then sunny. Winds westerly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light in the late evening. Daytime maximum temperatures in the mid 20s.

The Tenterfield area can also expect windy, dusty conditions.

 

UPDATE, 7.30am: 

Tenterfield: A BUSH fire is burning in the area around Mount Mackenzie Road, on the southern outskirts of Tenterfield. The fire has burnt more than 1400 hectares and is currently out of control.

A strong wind change moved through the area overnight. The fire has moved to the north east towards Billirimba Road and the Bruxner Highway.

The Bruxner Highway is currently open but may be affected by smoke.

Advice

It is too late to leave. Residents should seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

 

Drake: A bush fire is burning in the Long Gully Rd, Drake area. The fire has burnt more than 6279 hectares in size and is out of control.

The fire is burning in remote terrain south-west of the Drake village, within the Girard State Forest.

The fire has crossed Long Gully Road, Rocky (Timbarra) River.

A strong wind change moved through the area overnight. The fire is now burning in an east-north-easterly direction towards the Bruxner Highway and Plains Station Rd.

Advice

It is too late to leave. Residents in Ewingar, Tilbaroo and areas on the western side of the Clarence River should seek shelter as the fire approaches.

Take shelter in a solid structure when the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are caught in the path of the fire, you may die or be injured.

 

Original story: A FIREFIGHTER is being treated in a Brisbane hospital after receiving serious burns fighting fires near Tenterfield yesterday.

A 66-year-old male Rural Fire Service firefighter sustained serious burns to his head, face, and upper body. He was taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

NSW Police said a combined emergency services operation is continuing after a number of fires in the state's north.

Police officers attached to New England Police District and Richmond Police District are coordinating emergency operations at Tenterfield, Drake, and Ebor, as NSW Rural Fire Services continue to fight fires around the areas.

At this stage, it's believed four residential properties at Tenterfield have been destroyed, along with a shooting range.

The New England Highway at Tenterfield, and Waterfall Way at Ebor, were closed during the day's operation but have since reopened.

The public is reminded to be mindful of the dangerous conditions. Updates on fires can be monitored via the NSW RFS website , and weather warnings via the NSW SES website.

Anyone with information about these fires is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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 http://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.
For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.



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