Helicopter takes off from Wooli.
Helicopter takes off from Wooli.

CONDITIONS EASE: RFS downgrade bushfire threat

LATEST UPDATES TUESDAY MORNING: The Shark Creek blaze remains at watch and act status. 

Find the latest updates with rolling coverage throughout the day here

UPDATE 6PM: The bushfire danger for the large Shark Creek blaze has been downgraded to a watch and act alert level after conditions have eased slightly.

Strong southerly change, that was forecast to hit late this afternoon, are now expected to reach Yamba early tomorrow morning. 

The immediate threat has eased for the Gulmarrad and Yamba areas, however the 7300ha blaze that's burning to the north and south of Angourie and Wooloweyah is still impacting on the southern side of the villages.

Firefighters are working to protect homes in the area.

If you are in the areas of Wooloweyah, Angourie, Yamba or Gulmarrad, monitor conditions and ensure you know what you will do if fire threatens.

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For the latest information visit the RFS website or Fires Near Me App. In an emergency call 000. Follow directions of firefighters on the ground. 

UPDATE 4.15PM: The Rural Fire Service is warning the large bush fire is now impacting the villages of Angourie and Wooloweyah.

The RFS reports there is fire burning to the north and south of Angourie and Wooloweyah, with fire impacting on the southern side of the villages.

A southerly change is forecast, and this may push the fire towards Yamba. Earlier today the RFS 737 Large Air Tanker dropped a line of retardant to the south of the villages, in an effort to slow the fire, which has now burned more than 7300ha.


UPDATE 4PM: THE RFS has warned a southerly change forecast this afternoon could push the fire into Yamba. 

The fire is blazing north and south of Angourie and Wooloweyah.

Residents in both the villages and Yamba need to monitor the situation and watch out for embers ahead of the fire front that could cause another blaze. 

An evacuation centre is open at Yamba Bowling Club, 44 Wooli St Yamba. 

For the latest information visit the RFS website or Fires Near Me App. In an emergency call 000. Follow directions of firefighters on the ground.

UPDATE 3.30PM: THE fire burning in Yuraygir National Park and the Shark Creek area remains dangerous. 

The fire has now burnt more than 6,900ha. It remains out of control and is moving very quickly. 

Residents in Wooloweyah and Angourie need to be alert for burning embers which could be blown ahead of the fire front and may start new fires.

In Gulmarrad and Yamba, monitor conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.  

The Large Air Tanker has dropped retardant south of Angourie and Wooloweyah to slow the fire. 

Crews are backburning near properties in the Angourie area. You will see an increase in fire and smoke as these operations are conducted.

The immediate threat has eased for the Gulmarrad area but residents should remain alert and monitor the situation. 

UPDATE 2PM: AN EVACUATION centre is open at Yamba Bowling Club for people impacted by the Shark Creek blaze. 

If you have evacuated you can visit the bowling club at 44 Wooli St, Yamba.

To let people know you are safe you can also register your details with Register Find Reunite here.

Strong winds are causing extremely difficult conditions for firefighters to contain the Shark Creek fire.

The blaze is burning in coastal bushland south of Maclean and Yamba. Residents should avoid the area, monitor conditions and be ready to seek shelter if the fire impacts your location. 

For the latest information visit the RFS website or Fires Near Me App. In an emergency call 000. Follow directions of firefighters on the ground.

UPDATE 1PM: THE immediate threat for Gulmarrad has eased but residents in Gulmarrad and Yamba should monitor the situation and be prepared should fire threaten. 

Gulmarrad Public School students and staff have been evacuated to Maclean Public School. The NSW Department of Education has confirmed all students and staff are safe.

Police road blocks are now in place along Angourie Rd. The road is closed between Yamba Rd and Angourie township. Reports from Live Traffic NSW indicate only local residents will be allowed access. 

Firefighters are working to hold the blaze south of Angourie but are up against very strong gusts. 

For the latest information visit the RFS website or Fires Near Me App. In an emergency call 000. Follow directions of firefighters on the ground. 

UPDATE 12.30PM: A 737 Large Aerial Tanker is doing laps of Wooloweyah as the fire danger has been elevated to an emergency warning. 

Residents at Angourie, Wooloweyah and Gulmarrad have been told to prepare their properties, it is now too late to leave.

If residents do leave they will not be permitted back in until the danger has passed. 

UPDATE 12PM: AN emergency warning has been issued for a fire burning in the Yuraygir National Park, south of Yamba. The fire is out of control and is fast moving.

The fire is burning in the Yuraygir National Park. Strong winds are fanning the fire towards Angourie and Wooleweyah. Spot fires are starting ahead of the main fire front. If you are in this area, you are at risk.

Fire is also burning towards Gulmarrad. Firefighters are working to protect homes in the area.

If you are in the areas of Wooloweyah or Angourie, seek shelter as the fire impacts. It is too late to leave. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are in the area of Gulmarrad, seek shelter as the fire impacts. It is too late to leave. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are in the area of Yamba, monitor conditions and ensure you know what you will do if the fire threatens.

In an emergency call 000. Follow directions of firefighters on the ground. 

For the latest information visit the RFS website or Fires Near Me App

UPDATE 11AM: RESIDENTS in Angourie and Wooloweyah are urged to enact their bushfire survival plan now.

RFS incident controller Ian Smith said the fire was heading towards the villages and the fire front could hit by 2pm. 

Fire crews will be undertaking backburning operations at the back of the villages in the next couple of hours. 

For the latest information visit the RFS website or Fires Near Me App.  

UPDATE 10.30AM: BROOMS Head Rd between Platers Rd and Sandon Rivers Rd is closed.

The road is closed in both directions due to the fires blazing the area. 

Get the latest traffic updates at Live Traffic NSW

CLOSED: Brooms Head Rd is closed.
CLOSED: Brooms Head Rd is closed.

There were earlier reports the triple zero line was expe

UPDATE 9.30AM: THE blaze at Shark Creek has again been upgraded to watch and act as strong winds expected today will make conditions worse.  

The fire is burning in a north easterly direction and has crossed Brooms Head Road.

Firefighters will continue working today to slow the spread of the fire and establish containment lines ahead of the strongest gusts expected to hit this evening. 

WATCH AND ACT: Residents in the area should enact their bushfire survival plan now
WATCH AND ACT: Residents in the area should enact their bushfire survival plan now RFS

Brooms Head Rd remains open with traffic changes in place. Residents should keep updated as roads may close with little warning. 

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

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

For the latest information visit the RFS website or Fires Near Me App.  

UPDATE 9AM: FIRE crews that worked through the night at Shark Creek have been replaced by new teams this morning. 

A senior firefighter at the RFS Ulmarra Fire Control Centre said crews will be working to prevent the fire front from reaching Lake Arragan south of Angourie today. Aircraft have been brought in to help contain the fire.

Residents near Angourie and Wooloweyah should have a bushfire survival plan and know what to do in case fire threatens. 

Yesterday, fires were blazing near Gulmarrad, read how quick action stopped another spreading through Maclean. 

Community spirit burns bright with Gulmarrad RFS overwhelmed with donations from residents of food and supplies. 

Brooms Head Rd remains closed. Further south, Tyringham Rd and Armidale Rd between Wirri Rd and Waterfall Way are both closed due to the blaze near Ebor. Visit Live Traffic NSW for the latest updates.  

For the latest information visit the RFS website or Fires Near Me App.  

EARLIER: WITH multiple fires burning throughout the Clarence Valley, here is the update from Fires Near Me as to what each fire is doing across the region.

SHARK CREEK FIRE- ADVICE

A bush fire is burning in the Shark Creek area. The fire is currently 3,600 hectares in size and is out of control.

Current Situation

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

Conditions have eased into the evening. Firefighters will continue working overnight to slow the spread of the fire and establish containment lines.

Brooms Head Road is remains 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.

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

BEES NEST FIRE- WATCH AND ACT

A bush fire is burning north of Ebor. The fire is currently more than 61,380 hectares and is out of control.

Current Situation

The fire is burning to the north of Ebor, on multiple fronts.

The fire has impacted Armidale Road and Tyringham Road, in the vicinity of Tyringham and Dundarrabin.

A large spot fire is also burning in the Muldiva State Forest, burning towards Tyringham Road, in the Bostobrick area.

Firefighters have continued working overnight with landholders to protect isolated properties in the area. A number of tactical backburns have been conducted to protect properties using dry firefighting techniques.

Strong winds are expected over the coming days. This will make it difficult to control the fire.

Advice

If you are in the area of Tyringham, Marengo, Moonpar, Dundarrabin or Bostobrick, you should put your bush fire survival plan into action. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Residents in the area should continue to monitor to situation.

Well prepared and actively defended properties can offer protection.

Fire and fallen trees may continue to impact a number of local roads. Follow the directions of firefighters on the ground.

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

Community Meetings

The following community information meetings are scheduled for Monday. Details of any further meetings will be updated here.

1000-1100hrs at 9A Armidale Road, Ebor

1300-1400hrs at Tyringham Rural Fire Station - 8436 Armidale Road, Tyringham

1500-1600hrs at Dorrigo Showground - 4180 Waterfall Way, Dorrigo

Other Information

An evacuation centre is open at Dorrigo Showground at 4180 Waterfall Way, Dorrigo.

Smoke from this fire may be affecting the areas of Dorrigo and Coffs Harbour.

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

FOLEYS RD, BOM BOM- ADVICE

ALERT LEVEL: Advice

LOCATION: 150 Foleys Rd, Bom Bom, NSW 2460

STATUS: Under control

TYPE: Bush Fire

BUNGAWALBIN  WHIPORIE RD, WHIPORIE

ALERT LEVEL: Advice

LOCATION: Bungawalbin Whiporie Rd, Whiporie, NSW 2469

COUNCIL AREA: Richmond Valley

STATUS: Under control

TYPE: Bush Fire

SIZE: 35 ha



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