Smoke from fires burning south of Tabbimoble near the Pacific Highway.
Smoke from fires burning south of Tabbimoble near the Pacific Highway. Rebecca Lollback

Myall Creek Rd fire at Emergency warning level

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • Myall Creek Road, Bora Ridge fire: EMERGENCY, out of control. The fire is expected to impact on the areas of Jacky Bulbin Flat, Tullymorgan and Mororo..
  • Mt Nardi fire: Advice, being controlled, impacting areas around Terania Creek, Tuntable Ck, Tuntable Falls, Huonbrook, Federal.
  • Wardell fire: Advice level, under control.
  • Border Trail, Woodenbong: Advice, remains out of control.
  • Pacific Highway closed at Tabbimoble
  • 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
  • Summerland Way Casino to Grafton between Ellangowan Rd and Clarence Way is closed in both directions.

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 4.25pm: AN EMERGENCY WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE MYALL CREEK RD, BORA RIDGE FIRE.

The fire is spreading towards the areas of Jacky Bulbin Flat, Tullymorgan and Mororo.

The fire has crossed the Pacific Highway near Big Marsh Road. Waterbombing aircraft are being used to slow the spread of the fire on the eastern side of the Highway.

Firefighters will be backburning from the highway where local conditions allow. You will see an increase in smoke and flames as these operations are carried out.

The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions.

The fire is also burning west of Whiporie towards the area of Mount Marsh.

Summerland Way is closed in both directions.

Advice

If you are in the area of Tullymorgan, Mororo or Jacky Bulbin Flat leave now if the path is clear towards the south, towards Maclean. An evacuation centre has been established at Maclean Showground.

If you are in the area of Whiporie or Mount Marsh, monitor conditions. Ensure you know what you will do if the firefront approaches.

If you are in the areas of Bungawalbin, Gibberagee, or Myrtle Creek, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

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.

 

UPDATE 3.16pm: *** FOR THE INFORMATION OF SERENDIPITY AND TABBIMOBLE RESIDENTS ONLY***

The Woodburn Oval at 7 Cameron Street has been identified as a fire assembly point for those residents self relocating from the areas of Serendipity and Tabbimoble.

The Woodburn Evans Head RSL Club is an official evacuation centre, and can provide people with a safe place to rest, with drinks and food available.

SES and Disaster Welfare officers are on site to offer help for fire-affected people with their immediate needs.

 

UPDATE 2.45pm: PARENTS of children who live south of New Italy have been urged to contact Evans River K-12 Community School after the Pacific highway closed due to fires.

The Facebook post said: "We are aware that if the highway remains closed at bus time, students who use the highway to return home will be unable to".

They asked families who live south of New Italy to contact the school to let them know of alternate arrangements for their children.

 

UPDATE 2.25pm: MOTORISTS in the Iluka Rd area are advised the Maclean Showground evacuation centre is open for use.

Motorists in the Woodburn area are advised toilets are available at\5 Woodburn Sports Ground.

 

UPDATE 1.15pm: A COMMUNICATIONS tower which is critical for transmitting emergency services, telecommunications and media broadcasts is under threat as the Myall Creek Rd fire continues to burn out of control.

A Rural Fire Service spokesman confirmed the fire, which recently was elevated to Emergency level, is causing firefighters enormous worry as it threaten vital infrastructure.  

"At the moment the areas of concern is the area west of the Pacific Hwy in the Jacky Bulbin and Monoro Rd area," he said.  

"There are some critical communications in that area so we have been putting retardant on the tower south of Monororo Rd around 1.5km to the west of the Pacific Hwy."  

Four strike teams comprising five trucks each plus a fleet of aircraft have been deployed to assist the ground crews, he said.  

"Multiple fixed-wing and rotary aircraft including an aircrane are working to towards property protection in that area."  

The RFS is predicting conditions to worsen before they improve, he said.   

"We are expecting it stay the same with sporadic and erratic fire behaviour the coming days," he said.  

"We are hoping to see a north-east wind settle in later in the weekend, as our problem at the moment is the variable winds are swinging from the south to north.  

"And we have been in a convergent zone where two (fire) fronts meet and create a vacuum which does not allow weather to settle."  

The NSW RFS is advising if you are in the area of Tullymorgan, Mororo or Jacky Bulbin Flat leave now if the path is clear towards the south, towards Maclean.  

If you are in the area of Whiporie or Mount Marsh, monitor conditions.

Ensure you know what you will do if the firefront approaches.  

If you are in the areas of Bungawalbin, Gibberagee, or Myrtle Creek, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.  

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.

 

UPDATE 12.50pm: THE Myall Creek Rd fire burning in the Bora Ridge area has been elevated to Emergency level.

The fire is spreading quickly towards the areas of Jacky Bulbin Flat, Tullymorgan and Mororo.

The fire is also burning west of Whiporie towards the area of Mount Marsh.

Firefighters and aircraft are working in the area to consolidate containment options and protect homes.

Summerland Way is closed in both directions. Check www.livetraffic.com for road information.

The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions between Grafton and Ballina.

Advice

If you are in the area of Tullymorgan, Mororo or Jacky Bulbin Flat leave now if the path is clear towards the south, towards Maclean.

If you are in the area of Whiporie or Mount Marsh, monitor conditions. Ensure you know what you will do if the firefront approaches.

If you are in the areas of Bungawalbin, Gibberagee, or Myrtle Creek, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

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.

The 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 40,500 hectares.

 

 

UPDATE 11.54am: THE Pacific Highway is now closed in both directions between Ballina and Grafton.

Diversions are in pplace, but are not suitable for B-doubles - they will need to delay travel.

Northbound traffic is advised to go via the Gwydir Highway, New England Highway and Bruxner Highway (southbound in reverse).

The diversion will add 3.5 hours of additional travel time.

Check conditions as they are changing quickly.

Avoid the area.

 

 

UPDATE 11.50am: THE Pacific Highway is closed at Tabbimoble due to bushfires.

The highway is closed between Iluka Rd and Woodburn/Coraki Rd.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area,

People in the area reported road workers were leaving the area. 

 

UPDATE 11.35am: SIGNIFICANT fire activity on three areas has senior firefighters concerned as conditions continue to deteriorate.

Gusty winds are driving the Myall Creek Road Fire in several directions and it is likely the Pacific Hwy may be closed between New Italy and Tabbimobile.

A Rural Fire Service spokesman said crews are preparing for a challenging time.

"Right now there is significant increase in fire activity across the (Bora Ridge) fireground," he said.

"There are three major areas of concern; the Tullymorgan and Jacky Bulbin Flat fire is moving towards Mororo Rd to the south and out west the Mt Marsh area is coming under threat," he said.

"And to the east the fire is progressing down the Pacific Hwy at fair rate."

The spokesman said people should monitor the Fires Near Me app.

He said the Pacific Hwy could be impacted.

Meanwhile, anyone in the ring of fire which is the area encircled by the combined Bora Ridge, Busby Flat, Washpool State Forest and Bannyabba fires, should consider their fire plan and monitor the fire situation.

 

 

UPDATE 11.16am: FIRE activity is increasing in the area around Tullymorgan and Jacky Bulbin Flat.

Firefighters and aircraft are working in the area to consolidate containment options and protect homes.

Summerland Way is closed in both directions. Check www.livetraffic.com for road information.

The Pacific Highway is open but may close at short notice due to smoke or fire.

 

Advice

If you are in the area of Tullymorgan or Jacky Bulbin Flat and your plan is to leave, leave now towards the south.

If you are in the area of Whiporie or Camira, monitor conditions in case the situation changes. Follow your bush fire survival plan.

If you are in the areas of Bungawalbin, Gibberagee, or Myrtle Creek, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

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.

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 40,500 hectares.

There is still significant amounts of active fire across the area this morning and residents can expect fire activity to increase through the day as the winds increase.

Fires will behave erratically, driven by local conditions and conditions may change quickly.

 

Original story: OVERNIGHT, firefighters were battling the Myall Creek Road, listed at Emergency warning level.

The fire was burning in pine plantation and moving quickly towards the areas of Whiporie, Camira, Tullymorgan and Jacky Bulbin Flat.

Summerland Way was closed in both directions. Check www.livetraffic.com for road information.

Firefighters and aircraft are working to slow the spread of the fire and protect properties where it is safe to do so.

Advice

If you are in the area of Whiporie, Camira, Tullymorgan or Jacky Bulbin Flat, seek shelter as the fire front approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are in the areas of Bungawalbin, Gibberagee, Whiporie or Myrtle Creek, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

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.

The bush fire is burning in a large area between Bora Ridge in the north, Tabbimoble and the Pacific Highway to the east, Whiporie and Jacky Bulbin Flat in the south, and the Myrtle Creek area to the west. The fire has burnt approximately 40,100 hectares.

Current Situation

Fire activity had also increased in the area of Unumgar, near Woodenbong.

The fire crossed Mount Lindesay Road and continues to burn in an easterly direction, along Summerland Way in the area of Dairy Flat and Unumgar.

Mount Lindesay Road and Summerland Way are closed in the area and are likely to remain closed over coming days. Stay up to date with Live Traffic NSW.

If conditions allow, firefighters will continue to undertake backburning operations to strengthen containment lines. This will see an increase in fire activity as crews undertake this important work.

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 Grevilla, Findon Road and Lions Road, monitor conditions.

If you are in the area of Mount Lindesay, on the Queensland side of the border, visit the QFES website for advice and warnings.

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.



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