An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire north of Drake.
An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire north of Drake.

EMERGENCY: Out of control fire moves towards homes

UPDATE, 5.20pm: NORTHERN Tablelands RFS spokesman Angus McDowall said crews were continuing to battle the blaze near Paddys Flat, north of Drake.

"Fires continuing to burn in an eastly direction towards Cataract River," he said.

There is an evacuation centre set up at CWA Hall in Tabulam.

"A few folk have left their homes in the gully areas."

The evacuation centre has been set up at 16 Court St, Tabulam.

The bushfire has burnt through more than 780 hectares of land and is still listed as out of control.


UPDATE, 3.20pm: AN EMERGENCY warning is in place for a bush fire burning in the Cataract National Park near Paddys Flat, north of Drake.

The fire is burning in the area of the Cataract National Park, north of Drake. It is burning in a north-easterly direction towards Paddys Flat and Pretty Gully.

The fire is spreading quickly.


  • If you are in the area of Paddys Flat and Pretty Gully, you are at risk.
  • If you are not prepared, leave now towards Tabulam.
  • 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 3.30pm or if the situation changes.


UPDATE 3pm: A TOTAL Fire Ban has been declared for the Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney Region, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Southern Ranges, Central Ranges, New England, Northern Slopes, and North Western regions tomorrow, due to forecast hot and windy conditions.

The Total Fire Ban, commencing at midnight tonight, covers the following councils:
Far North Coast (Severe) - Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Tweed
North Coast (Severe) - Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca, Mid-Coast
Greater Hunter (Severe) - Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton, Upper Hunter
Greater Sydney Region (Severe) - including the Blue Mountains and Central Coast
Illawarra/Shoalhaven (Severe) - Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, Wollongong
Southern Ranges (Very High) - Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley, Queanbeyan-Palerang
Central Ranges (Severe) - Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon, Orange
New England (Severe) - Glen Innes Severn, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha, Armidale
Northern Slopes (Severe) - Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth
North Western (Severe) - Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett, Warrumbungle

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) provides the following advice:

  • Under Severe and Very High fire conditions
  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety during a fire
  • Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and remain vigilant
  • Keep informed by listening to local radio, watching television news broadcasts and monitoring

ORIGINAL STORY: A WATCH & Act warning has been issued for the Bangala Creek bushfire at Paddys Flat, north of Tabulam, and is within 1km of dwellings.

The warning was issued by the NSW Rural Fire Service just after midday.

It is listed as out of control and has so far burnt through 35 hectares of land.

Northern Tableands NSW RFS said predicted west, south-westerly winds were likely to continue this afternoon and push the fire in an easterly direction towards properties in the Paddys Flat and Pretty Gully areas.

"This fire has potential to produce embers and impact on properties along Paddys Flat Rd in the areas of Paddys Flat and Pretty Gully," the RFS said.

"Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

"If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.

"Leaving early is your safest option."

More to come.