Information on fire activity in the Blue Mountains.
22nd October 2013
NSW RFS is urging local residents in the Blue Mountains area to be remain vigilant and prepared with hot, dry and windy conditions forecast. People right across these fire affected areas that live in or near bushland should take the forecast conditions seriously, be on alert and complete a Bush Fire Survival Plan or review their current plan. Please note; the rain today has not improved the fire situation and fire weather conditions are forecast to deteriorate.
A bushfire is burning in the Mt Victoria, Bell, Springwood, Winmalee, Faulconbridge areas. The fire is currently over 48,000 hectares in size. Over 2000 firefighters from the NSW RFS, FR NSW, NPWS, Country Fire Authority – Victoria (CFA), Country Fire Service – South Australia (CFS) are consolidating containment lines in milder conditions today and are being assisted by water bombing aircraft. Other agencies are assisting with various roles.
The fire is burning in Very High fire danger conditions and is currently within close proximity of residential properties. Under these conditions, fires can be difficult to control. Embers may be blown ahead of the fire, creating spot fires. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.
Put your Bush Fire Survival Plan into action. If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens your property by accessing www.nsw.rfs.gov.au or ph; 1800 679 737.
Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire, but it is always best to prepare to leave early.
Evacuation Centres have been established at:
Springwood Sports Club, 83 Macquarie Road, Springwood is OPEN.
Lithgow Workers Club, 3-7 Tank Street, Lithgow is OPEN.
North Richmond Community Centre, 33 William St Nth Richmond is OPEN.
Due to bush fire activity there are numerous road closures. Please also be aware that road closures may occur without notice. These closures will continue to be assessed across the day, however, there is no forecast as to when these roads will reopen. Motorists are urged to avoid all bushfire affected areas.
For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701.
Public Transport Closures
For the latest public transport information visit 131500.com.au or call 131 500.
If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
If you are concerned about the welfare of family and friends, please contact the Police Information Centre on 1800 227 228.
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.
You can contact the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
You can also stay up to date via http://www.facebook.com/nswrfs
Follow on Twitter; www.twitter.com/nswrfs
If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
If you have a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet or smart phone, current fire information is available in a number of ways.
Fires Near Me NSW - Mobile App
Providing fire information on bush fire incidents in NSW, as well as participating Australian and NZ fire agencies.
firesnearme.com - Mobile Site
To access our mobile device site, visit www.firesnearme.com.
While these applications and services can be useful sources of information on fire incidents and conditions, they are reliant on having access to data services. Therefore, the NSW RFS encourages you to not rely solely on these applications and services and use a range of sources for information.
Disaster Welfare Assistance Line (1800 018 444) provides information about disaster relief grants for content and structural repairs, available to low income earners with no insurance.
Authorised by Incident Controller
Rob Rogers Blue Mountains
Fire Control Centre.
Issued by the Incident Management Team on behalf of the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service.