ARROW ESCAPE: The Ellangowan Rural Fire Service crew had a narrow escape then a tree fell on the rear of their fire truck while they were attending the Myall Creek Road Fires.
ARROW ESCAPE: The Ellangowan Rural Fire Service crew had a narrow escape then a tree fell on the rear of their fire truck while they were attending the Myall Creek Road Fires.

WATCH AND ACT: Fires to merge in coming days

UPDATE 1pm: THE Blue Gum Road and Bangala Creek fires are now approximately 10km apart and in the coming days it's likely that these two fires will merge.

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Overnight crews continued to work hard across the two fire grounds, to limit and slow the fire spread by extinguishing any new flair ups.

Today's forecast is for warm, dry conditions with north easterly winds. As the day progresses this will place pressure along the southern edges of the fires.

Now is the time to prepare yourself, your families and properties as Tuesday and Wednesday will see an increase in temperatures, wind and fire danger.

Blue Gum Road Fire

The Blue Gum fire is burning north of the intersection of Kangaroo Creek Road and Paddy Creek Road, south-west of Urbenville, west of Beaury Creek Road.

Bangala Creek Fire

The fire has travelled from the Cataract and Yabbra National Park's and is now burning west of Bonalbo in the Lower Duck Creek Area. Yesterday saw an increase in fire intensity with properties north of Drake near Paddys Flat Road in the Pretty Gully and Stockman's Gully area affected by the fire. The western edge of the fire is now east of Main Camp Creek.

UPDATE 12pm: A BUSH fire burning in the area of the Cataract National Park, Gillgarry State Forest and Yabbra National Park has upgraded to Watch and Act.

The fire is more than 20,100 hectares in size and is out of control.

The fire is affecting properties north of Drake near Paddys Flat Road in the Pretty Gully and Stockman's Gully areas.

Firefighters with the support of aircraft have been actively working in this area.

The western edge of the fire is now east of Main Camp Creek and residents to the west are experiencing an increase in smoke.

Firefighters are working to slow the spread of the fire and protect properties where required. It is likely that in the coming days the Bangala and Blue Gum fires will merge.

Advice

  • f you are in the area of Paddys Flat Road near Pretty Gully and Stockman's Gully, be prepared to take action if the fire approaches.
  • If you are in the areas of Bonalbo, Old Bonalbo, Lower Duck Creek and Bottle Creek, monitor conditions.
  • 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.
  • If your plan is to leave, leaving early is the safest option.
  • 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 (000).


Evacuation Centre

  • Casino RSM Club - 162 Canterbury Street, Casino.
  • For a list of evacuation centres visit Disaster Assistance.
  • People are encouraged to register online at Register Find Reunite before attending evacuation centres.
  • For a list of school closures visit Department of Education.


Other Information

  • Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking the NSW RFS website, 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 Live Traffic NSW. Roads may be closed without warning.
  • Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.

 

ORIGINAL STORY: FIREFIGHTERS had a narrow escape after a tree fell on their truck when they were combating the Myall Creek Road Fires on the weekend.

A post on the Richmond Police District social media page reported the incident which involved the Ellangowan Fire Brigade, but said no crew were injured.

"The fire danger is quite real," the post said.

"The RFS Ellangowan crew at had a close call yesterday, the crew is OK."

A RFS spokesman said no firefighters were on the truck when the tree toppled on it.

"The Ellangowan truck as was parked and the crew were off it working when the tree came down and impacted on the truck on Sunday," he said.

"Falling trees are a major concern, we had road crew on Sunday that got trapped because of trees falling across roads.

"Falling trees are an ongoing problem and we need to people to super vigilant.

"Overnight a limb fell and brushed a member of the NZ crew assisting the RFS," he said.

"He was taken the Ballina Hospital to be checked over and was released."

As hundreds of firefighters continue to battle the RFS reported the Myall Creek Road Fire has burned nearly 119,000ha and is being controlled.

A RFS spokesman said the northern edge of the Myall Creek fire has now spread past Myall Creek Rd towards the Coraki- Ellangowan Road in the Ellangowan area.

"Planning is underway to conduct a back burn on the southern edge of the Coraki- Ellangowan Rd, so please avoid this area as crews will be working along this road," he said.

"Residents in the Ellangowan area near Coraki- Ellangowan Rd, Ellangowan Rd and Emu Park need to continue to monitor local conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens."

The spokesman said crews will continue to monitor and check the perimeter of the fire, identifying and extinguishing any fair ups or outbreaks that occur.

The bush fire is continuing to burning in the Mount Marsh, Ellangowan, New Italy, Woombah, Ashby Heights, Tullymorgan areas.

Current Situation

The northern edge of fire has crossed Myall Creek Road and is spreading along the Coraki-Ellangowan Rd.

Back burning is being conducted along the Coraki-Ellangowan Rd.

The fire is spotting around the Fenceline Trail area.

Crews are continuing to monitor and check the perimeter of the fire, identifying and extinguishing any fair ups or outbreaks that occur.

Advice

If you are in the area of Coraki-Ellangowan Rd, Ellangowan Rd, Fenceline Trail and Emu Park in the Ellangowan area, monitor local conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.

If you are in the area of Myall Creek Rd, Bungawalbin-Whiporie Rd, Bloodwoods Rd, Benauds Rd and Kippenduff monitor conditions.

Myall Creek Rd and the Coraki - Ellangowan Rd in the vicinity of Tuckerbox Rd are closed.

Other local roads may close without notice.

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 (000).

Other Information

Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking the NSW RFS website, 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 Live Traffic NSW. Roads may be closed without warning.

Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.

The next update on this fire will be issued by 09/12/2019 11am or if the situation changes.



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