Fire fighting efforts between Drake and Tabulam against raging bushfire in the region.
Fire fighting efforts between Drake and Tabulam against raging bushfire in the region. Marc Stapelberg

Fire continues to spread, crews work to protect homes

UPDATE 5.43pm: A bush fire burning in bushland south of Drake, Talbulam and the Bruxner Highway is continuing to spread in a number of directions due to strong winds and local terrain. 

The fire has burnt around 40,000 hectares and is not under control. It is at Watch and Act level.

The fire has spread towards the Sandy Creek and Sandy Hill area this afternoon. Crews have been working to protect homes in this area.

The fire continues to burn to the west of the Clarence River in the Girard State Forest.

The Bruxner Highway is closed between Tabulam and Tenterfield. Check Live Traffic for updates.

Advice

If you are in the Sandy Hill area, be aware of smoke and embers. These embers may start spot fires ahead of the main fire front. Follow advice of firefighters working in the area.

If you are in the area of Drake, Ewingar, Tilbaroo and areas on the western side of the Clarence River, follow your bush fire survival plan and ensure you know what you'll do if conditions change.

Areas 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.

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

Other information

  • An Evacuation Centre at Tenterfield Showgrounds, 62 Miles St, Tenterfield is open today from 8am to 8pm.
  • Members of the public can register their details prior to attending the Evacuation Centre. Visit the Register Find Reunite site at https://register.redcross.org.au and register for the 'Bushfire in Tenterfield'.
  • 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.

UPDATE 4.30pm: RFS spokesman Ben Shepard confirmed the Long Gully Road Fire has now burned in excess of 40,000ha.

He said firefighters will work through the night to contain the fire to the southern side of the Bruxner Hwy near Drake.


"What people need to recognise is that these 40,000ha combined with the Bees Nest fires at Armidale the RFS is dealing with 100,00ha on fire," he said.

"If conditions allow we may do some backburning and keep the fire south of the Bruxner Hwy."

 

ORIGINAL STORY: AN EMERGENCY warning is in place for the Long Gully Road fire near Drake, due to fire breaching containment lines in the Sandy Point area.

The fire is burning close to properties in the Sandy Hill area.

The Rural Fire Service says homes in the area of Macleods Creek Road are under threat.

"If you are in the Sandy Hill area, make your final preparations now," the RFS has advised.

"Seek shelter as the fire impacts to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

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

"Areas on the eastern side of the Clarence River should monitor conditions closely."

RFS media spokesman Ben Shepard said the containment lines were broken on the north-western corner of the fireground.

"It's around 15km west of Drake and the fire has escalated at Macleods Rd," he said.

"We have seen an escalation of this fire in the last half hour with the wind pushing it in a more northerly direction towards the Bruxner Highway.

"Crews will continue to hold onto the containment line on the southern side of the Bruxner Highway."

Other information

  • An Evacuation Centre at Tenterfield Showgrounds, 62 Miles St, Tenterfield is open today from 8am to 8pm.
  • Members of the public can register their details prior to attending the Evacuation Centre. Visit the Register Find Reunite site at https://register.redcross.org.au and register for the 'Bushfire in Tenterfield'.
  • 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.
  • The next update on this fire will be issued by 10/09/2019 16:00 or if the situation changes.


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