A fire has ripped through the Greenhills state forest west of Batlow through the night and is moving in a south easterly direction.
The fire is at emergency warning level and is now listed at more than 14,000 hectares in size.
The RFS has provided the following advice as of 4am.
- The fire is burning 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.
- If you are in the area of Darlow near Yaven Creek Road and Ellerslie Road, it is too late to leave. Shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
- If you are in the area of Kunama, north of Laurel Hill and west of Batlow and you are not prepared or your plan is to leave, leave now towards Adelong before conditions become too dangerous. Put your bush fire survival plan into action.
- If you are in the areas of south of Laurel Hill and Courabyra and you are not prepared or your plan is to leave, leave now towards Tumbarumba.
- If you are in the area of Bangadang, Mt Adrah, Oberne and Toonga, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if threatened by fire.
- If you are in the area of greater Adelong, monitor the conditions.
- Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.
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.
- 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, 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.