Severe fire conditions on Myall Creek road at Bora Ridge.
Severe fire conditions on Myall Creek road at Bora Ridge. Marc Stapelberg

EMERGENCY WARNING: Residents warned it's 'too late to leave'

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • Myall Creek Road, Bora Ridge fire: Advice, out of control. The fire is expected to impact on the areas of Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap.
  • Mt Nardi fire: Advice, being controlled, impacting areas around Terania Creek, Tuntable Ck, Tuntable Falls, Huonbrook, Federal.
  • Wardell fire: Advice level, under control.
  • Border Trail, Woodenbong: Advice, remains out of control.
  • Summerland Way closed between Mt Lindesay and Qld border
  • Bungawalbin/Whiporie Rd is closed due to fire, between Moonem/New Italy Rd and the Summerland Way
  • Smoke impacting visibilty on the Summerland Way at Myrtle Ck, and the Pacific Highway at New Italy.

Important contact information during the bushfires:

Call 000 in an emergency

People in affected areas should register online with Register Find Reunite.

Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

For general information and assistance call the Public Information Inquiry Centre on 1800 227 228.

For information on preparing for bushfires go to the RFS website for update.

Listen to your local radio stations, especially the ABC, and monitor the NSW Police Facebook site.

 

UPDATE 5.56pm: AN EMERGENCY WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE BORA RIDGE FIRE.

The bush fire is burning near Bungawalbin, New Italy, The Gap and Whiporie. The fire is more than 23,000 hectares and is out of control.

Current Situation

Fire activity has increased this afternoon due to hot and dry conditions.

Fire is burning towards the town of Whiporie. The fire is spreading quickly through pine plantations.

Firefighters and aircraft, including two Large Air Tankers, are working in the area to protect homes.

The fire is also continuing to burn west of the Pacific Highway in the area around the Doubleduke State Forest and Tabbimoble State Forest.

Advice

If you're in the area of Whiporie area, seek shelter as the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. It is too late to leave.

If you are on the eastern side of the Pacific Highway in the area of Woombah and Iluka, monitor conditions and know what to do if the fire approaches.

If you are in the area Bungawalbin, New Italy, Gibberagee and Tullumorgan, monitor conditions and know what to do if a fire approaches. Take advice from firefighters in the area.

If you are in the area of Swan Bay, Tabbimoble and Woombah, monitor conditions.

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.

Other Information

For a list of evacuation centres visit https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/Pages/for-the-community/disaster-assistance/disaster-assistance.aspx.
People are encouraged to register online at Register Find Reunite https://register.redcross.org.au/ before attending evacuation centres.
For a list of school closures visit https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety.
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 http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.
The next update on this fire will be issued by 19/11/2019 18:00 or if the situation changes.

 

UPDATE 3.50pm: THERE has been an increase in fire activity at the Bora Ridge fire, with the fire is burning in a South Westerly direction towards the Whiporie area.

For more information check the RFS website

 

UPDATE 3.28pm: FIRE activity at the Bora Ridge fire has increased this afternoon due to hot and dry conditions.

The fire is burning west of the Pacific Highway in the area around the Doubleduke State Forest and Tabbimoble State Forest.

Firefighters and aircraft are working in the area. The fire may reach the Pacific Highway today. Drive to the conditions and follow directions. The highway may be closed at short notice.

On the southern edge of the fire, it is burning towards the Whiporie area.

Advice

If you're in the area of Whiporie area, monitor conditions in case the situation changes.

If you are on the eastern side of the Pacific Highway in the area of Woombah and Iluka, monitor conditions and know what to do if the fire approaches.

If you are in the area Bungawalbin, New Italy, Gibberagee and Tullumorgan, monitor conditions and know what to do if a fire approaches. Take advice from firefighters in the area.

If you are in the area of Swan Bay, Tabbimoble and Woombah, monitor conditions.

 

UPDATE 1.39pm: PLEASE be advised Police and SES officers will be door knocking residents in the Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Road area to provide updates on the current fire activity.

There has been an increase in fire activity and residents can expect to see an increase in smoke and should actively monitor their properties for embers.

Residents in the area should continue to monitor weather conditions and pay close attention to local radio, NSW RFS Fires Near Me, NSW RFS website.

 

UPDATE 12.26pm: FIREFIGHTERS and agencies from across the country continue the mammoth task of putting out fires burning across the Northern Rivers.

This afternoon, crews are facing increased fire activity on the southern side of the Bora Ridge fire and residents are urged to stay up to date, monitor conditions and to be ready to act.

NSW RFS spokeswoman Inspector Angela Daley said people in the Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Rd area need to be aware a fire is burning near them.

She said their is a real potential for embers and spotfires this afternoon.

Insp Daley said conditions are variable and the RMS are helping to monitor the Pacific Highway, checking fire has not crossed to the eastern side.

She said people in the Bora Ridge fire area need to  monitor conditions. She said the situation may change quickly and the highway may close suddenly.

She said the firefighters at the Mt Nardi fire were mopping up and working on containment lines in the Doon Doon, Commissioners Ck, Terania Ck and Huonbrook areas.

She said the RFS had been working with police and confirmed two houses were destroyed by fire on the weekend at Commisssioners Ck. She said another home was damaged, as well as sheds and a number of vehicles, including cars, caravans and boats.

She said the Building Impact Assessment team continued to assess all of the firegrounds, but the reported loss of 16 homes at Commissioners Ck was not true.

The Woodenbong fire continues to burn on a number of fronts. 

The fire is burning in the Sandy Hills Flat area and across the QLD border.

She said there is active fire in the Pole Bridge area and in the Mt Clunie area to the west.

Crews and heavy machinery are working to secure containment lines in the Sandy Hills Rd area. Back burns have also been conducted near Summerland Way and Mt Lindesay Highway.

Residents of Unumgar, Dairy Flat and Grevillea need to monitor conditions.

Insp Daley said while there is still risk to the township of Woodenbong, crews were "very lucky" a fire pushing towards the town from the north last week moved east.

She said at the time, the whole northern side of Woodenbong was on fire, so there was a "very real risk" to the town.

 

UPDATE 12.13pm: THE RFS expects an increase in fire activity and smoke around the Myall Creek Fire.

The area of possible concern for today includes Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Rd, Mororo Rd, east of the Pacific Highway to Woombah and Iluka areas.

Fire behaviour may be erratic and influenced by local conditions. Conditions may change quickly.

Monitor weather conditions and pay close attention to your local radio, Fires near Me App, NSW RFS website, Live Traffic NSW and social media pages.

If your plan is to leave, leaving early in the day is the safest option.

Check your Bushfire Survival Plan and be prepared to take action. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if your situation changes.

Firefighters continue to work on containment lines around the Mt Nardi fire.

 

UPDATE 11.34am: THE Public Information and Inquiry Centre (PIIC), which was activated to support the bushfire response in NSW, has now closed.

The New South Wales Police Force would like to thank the volunteers from the following organisations who kindly performed operations in the centre; Red Cross, Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service, volunteer Rescue Association and St John Ambulance. Whilst the PIIC is now closed, volunteer staff remain on standby should it be required to open again.

Members of the public in fire-affected areas are reminded to avoid dangers such as damaged powerlines and the possibility of asbestos in fire-damaged properties.

It is also advisable to continue to monitor emergency websites, including www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, as well as your regular media news sources for updated advice and warnings.

  •  For information directly related to fire activity please contact the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • For the latest on road closures, members of the community can visit: www.livetraffic.com or call 132 701 or For weather, wind and marine warnings check the Bureau of Meteorology website: www.bom.gov.au
  • Please save Triple Zero (000) for life-threatening situations.

 

UPDATE 8.47am: THE bush fire burning near Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap has burnt more than 17,090 hectares and is out of control.

Bora Ridge fire: Current Situation

There was an increase of activity in the area of Main Camp Road yesterday.

The fire is burning in the area of west of the Pacific Highway, north of the Clarence River and east of the Summerland Way.

The fire is burning towards the Main Camp Road area, Elliots Road and the Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Rd areas.

The southern edge of the fire is continuing to burn through the Doubleduke State Forest towards the Tabbimobile State Forest.

The fire may cross the Pacific Highway later today then burn towards the Woombah and Iluka areas.

Advice

The fire may reach the Pacific highway today, it may be closed at short notice. Stay up to date with Live Traffic NSW.

Residents on the eastern side of the highway in the vicinity of Woombah and Iluka should monitor conditions and know what to do if a fire approaches.

If you are in the area Bungawalbin, New Italy, Gibberagee and Tullumorgan, monitor conditions and know what to do if a fire approaches. Take advice from firefighters in the area.

If you are in the area of Swan Bay, Tabbimoble and Woombah, monitor conditions.'

Mt Nardi fire: The bush fire is burning at Mount Nardi in the Nightcap National Park area has burnt more than 6200 hectares in size and is not yet controlled.

Current Situation

The fire is burning in the Nightcap National Park area, east of Nimbin.

Increased fire activity has been reported around the Doon Doon, Commissioner's Creek, Whian Whian and Nightcap Range Road.

Back burns were carried out around the Commissioners Creek, Doon Doon and Repentance Creek areas today.

Crews will continue to consolidate containment lines in these areas overnight.

The fire is expected to burn for several weeks or until there is significant rainfall. During this time, the fire may burn close to properties.

Advice

If you are in the area of Doon Doon, Commissioner's Creek, Mt. Burrell and Rolands Creek areas, monitor conditions.

If you are in the areas of Tuntable Creek, Huonbrook Valley, Upper Wilsons Creek, Commissioners Creek and Upper Coopers Creek, monitor conditions.

Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Woodenbong fire: A bush fire is burning in the Border Trail, Woodenbong area. The fire is more than 11,700 hectares in size and is out of control.

Current Situation

A fire is burning in the Woodenbong area near the Queensland border.

The fire has crossed Mount Lindesay Road and continues to burn in an easterly direction, along Summerland Way in the vicinity of Dairy Flat and Unumgar.

The Mount Lindesay Road and Summerland Way are closed in the area and is likely to remain closed over coming days - stay up to date with Live Traffic NSW.

Should conditions allow Firefighters will continue to undertake backburning operations to strengthen containment lines. This will see an increase in fire activity as crews undertake this important work.

Advice

Residents of Woodenbong, Unumgar, Grevillia, and Grahams Creek and surrounds need know what you will do if the fire threatens you and your property.

If you are in the area of Old Grevilla, Findon Road and Lions Road, monitor conditions.

If you are in the Mount Lindesay area, on the Queensland side of the border visit the QFES website for advice and warnings https://newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au/.

 

Original story: Bora Ridge fire: The bush fire burning near Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap and has burned more than 15,800 hectares and is out of control.

There has been an increased of activity in the area of Main Camp Road.

The fire is burning in the area of west of the Pacific Highway, north of the Clarence River and east of the Summerland Way.

The fire is burning towards the Main Camp Road area, Elliots Road and the Tullymorgan-Jackybulbin Rd areas.

The southern edge of the fire is continuing to burn through the Doubleduke State Forest towards the Tabbimobile State Forest.

Should conditions allow, firefighters may undertake back burning to strengthen containment lines.

The Pacific Highway is open, but visibility may be reduced due to smoke. Stay up to date with Live Traffic NSW.

If you are in the area Bungawalbin, New Italy, Gibbragee and Tullumorgan, monitor conditions and know what to do if a fire approaches. Take advice from firefighters in the area.

If you are in the area of Swan Bay, Tabbimobile and Woombah, monitor conditions.

Mt Nardi fire: The bush fire burning at Mount Nardi in the Nightcap National Park area has burnt more than 6200 hectares is not yet totally controlled.

The fire is burning east of Nimbin. Active fire is burning in areas around Doon Doon, Commissioner's Creek, Whian Whian and Nightcap Range Road.

Firefighters are working to identify and consolidate containment lines. Backburning may be carried out around the Commissioners Creek, Doon Doon and Repentance Creek areas today where local conditions allow.

Residents should expect an increase in smoke from these backburning operations.

The fire is expected to burn for several weeks or until there is significant rainfall. During this time, the fire may burn close to properties.

If you are in the area of Doon Doon, Commissioner's Creek, Mt. Burrell and Rolands Creek areas, monitor conditions.

If you are in the areas of Tuntable Creek, Huonbrook Valley, Upper Wilsons Creek, Commissioners Creek and Upper Coopers Creek, monitor conditions.

Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Woodenbong fire: The bush fire is burning in the Border Trail, Woodenbong area and is more than 9990 hectares in size and is out of control.

The fire is burning in the Woodenbong area near the Queensland border.

The fire has crossed Mount Lindesay Road and continues to burn in an easterly direction, along Summerland Way in the vicinity of Dairy Flat and Unumgar.

The Mount Lindesay Road and Summerland Way are closed in the area and is likely to remain closed over coming days stay up to date with Live Traffic NSW.

Should conditions allow, firefighters will undertake backburning operations to strengthen containment lines. This will see an increase in fire activity as crews undertake this important work.

Residents of Woodenbong, Unumgar, Grevillia, and Grahams Creek and surrounds need know what you will do if the fire threatens you and your property.

If you are in the area of Old Grevilla, Findon Road and Lions Road, monitor conditions.

If you are in the Mount Lindesay area, on the Queensland side of the border visit the QFES website for advice and warnings https://newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au/