Blowering campers told to go

Blowering Road this afternoon.

Campers along the Blowering foreshore have been advised to leave now towards Tumut and Gundagai.

The Riverina RFS said the Dunns Rd fire, currently burning west of Batlow, had the potential to impact Batlow, Blowering and Talbiingo under predicted gusty south westerly wind this afternoon.

Talbingo residents have been advised to remain in Talbingo and shelter in place or shelter at the Talbingo Country Club.

The RFS issues the following advice at 11.37am

Current Situation

  • Fire activity is increasing.
  • The fire is burning south of the Snowy Mountains Highway in the Ellerslie Range near Kunama and Laurel Hill.
  • The fire is travelling in a south easterly direction.
  • Firefighters are working to slow the spread of the fire.
  • Deteriorating conditions are forecast on New Year’s Eve with expected high temperatures and strong winds. View the predicted fire spread maps.

Advice

Tumbarumba Road, Tumbarumba township or Taradale Road

  • It is too late to leave.
  • Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • The Green Valley fire is burning south west of Tumbarumba and will be affected by a south westerly change, which will push the fire towards Tumbarumba.

Darlow near Yaven Creek Road and Ellerslie Road

  • It is too late to leave.
  • Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

Kunama, Batlow and Wondalga and surrounds

  • A strong south westerly change is expected across the fireground today, and is likely to push the fire towards these areas.
  • If your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, leave now towards Tumut before conditions become too dangerous.
  • Put your bush fire survival plan into action.

Areas west of Blowering Dam and Talbingo Dam

  • Monitor conditions. Watch out for smoke and embers.

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).
  • 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.

Neighbourhood Safer Places

  • Neighbourhood Safer Places are a place of last resort during a bush fire emergency.
  • Darlow NSW RFS Shed – Ellerslle Woolshed Road, Ellerslie
  • Yaven Creek NSW RFS Shed – Yaven Creek Road, Yaven Creek
  • Tumbarumba Sportsground – Lauder Street, Tumbarumba
  • Memorial Park – Corner of Memorial Ave and Wakefield Ave, Batlow
  • Adelong Showground – Campbell Street, Adelong
  • Wondalga RFS Shed – Cnr Wondalga Road and Greenhills Road, Wondalga

Other Information

  • An evacuation centre is opening at the Adelong Services, Citizens & Bowling Club, 54 Tumut Street, Adelong.
  • Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking the NSW RFS website, listening to your local radio station, Sounds of the Mountains, or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • People with respiratory conditions who are affected by bush fire smoke should activate their health management plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions, such as staying indoors and closing windows.
  • 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.