Four houses were lost at Bora Ridge yesterday in unpredictable fire conditions. Today's conditions are not any better.
Four houses were lost at Bora Ridge yesterday in unpredictable fire conditions. Today's conditions are not any better. Cudgen Rural Fire Brigade

EMERGENCY WARNING: Terrifying video of the firefront

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • EMERGENCY WARNING: Myall Creek Road, Bora Ridge fire, remains out of control.
  • WATCH & ACT: Border Trail, Woodenbong fire, remains out of control.
  • ADVICE: Mt Nardi fire, remains out of control.
  • ADVICE: Wardell fire, under control.
  • Road closed: Summerland Way closed, Gradys Ck Rd to Woodenbong and Woodenbong to Rathdowney in QLD.
  • Road closed: Bungawalbin/ Whiprie Rd closed, between Summerland Way and Moonem/ New Italy Rds
  • SEVERE FIRE DANGER WARNING.
  • TOTAL FIRE BAN.

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 7.40pm: THE Rural Fire Service has posted aerial footage of the horrifying bushfire their firefighters are battling at Myall Creek near Bungawalbin today.

 

UPDATE 6.02pm: THE Bora Ridge fire has burnt more than 6600ha, it is still out of control and an emergency warning is still in place.

The fire in burning in the area of Bungawalbin and New Italy.

The fire is burning in a south westerly direction towards Bungawalbin-Whiporie Road.

The fire is expected to reach Gibberagee this afternoon.

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

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

Advice

If you are in the area of Gibberagee and the path is clear, leave now towards Summerland Way.

If you are in the area of Whiporie, watch out for smoke and embers.

If you are in the area Neileys Lagoon, Bungawalbin-Whiporie and Williams Road, Whites Road and New Italy, 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 Hallwoods Road, watch out for burning embers which may start spot fires ahead of the main fire front.

If you are in the area of Boggy Creek Road, Eucalyptus Drive, Swan Bay and east of the Pacific Highway near Turners Road and Red Gate Road, monitor conditions.

Border Trail, Woodenbong fire: A bush fire is burning in the Border Trail, is currently 5100 hectares in size and is out of control.

Current Situation

A fire is burning in the Woodenbong area. Fire activity is increasing due to hot and windy conditions.

The fire is burning in the Dairy Flat area towards Unumgar.

The Summerland Way is closed in the Mount Lindesay area. Check www.livetraffic.com for information.

The fire is also burning towards Grahams Creek Road.

The fire is predicted to reach the township of Woodenbong today.

 

UPDATE 4.09pm: AN EMERGENCY WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE BORA RIDGE FIRE.

The bush fire burning near Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap has burnt more than 5200 hectares and is out of control.

The fire in burning in the area of Bungawalbin and New Italy.

The fire is burning in a south westerly direction towards Bungawalbin-Whiporie Road.

The fire is expected to reach Gibberagee this afternoon.

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

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

If you are in the area of Gibberagee and the path is clear, leave now towards Summerland Way.

If you are in the area of Whiporie, watch out for smoke and embers.

If you are in the area Neileys Lagoon, Bungawalbin-Whiporie and Williams Road, Whites Road and New Italy, 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 Hallwoods Road, watch out for burning embers which may start spot fires ahead of the main fire front.

If you are in the area of Boggy Creek Road, Eucalyptus Drive, Swan Bay and east of the Pacific Highway near Turners Road and Red Gate Road, monitor conditions.

A Total Fire Ban has been extended tomorrow.

 

UPDATE 12.49pm: FIRE activity at Woodenbong is increasing due to hot and windy conditions.

The fire has crossed Mount Lindesay Highway and is burning towards Grahams Creek Road.

The is burning in an easterly direction towards Dairy Flat and Unumgar.

The fire is predicted to reach the township of Woodenbong today.

Advice

If you are in the area of Woodenbong and your plan is to leave, leave now in a southerly direction towards Urbenville. Monitor conditions.

If you are in the area of Dairy Flat, Hilderbrands Road and Unumgar, monitor conditions.

Take advice from from firefighters in the area, particularly for residents in the Grahams Creek Road area.

What you need to do:

If you are threatened by fire, you may not get assistance.

If you are in these areas and your plan is to leave, or your property is not prepared, leave towards a safer location.

Safer locations include built up areas, well away from bushland.

If you are unable to leave, identify a safer location which may be nearby. This may include a cleared area well away from bushland, or an identified Neighbourhood Safer Place.

Avoid bushland areas.

 

UPDATE 12.18pm:  FIRE activity near Woodnebong is increasing.

The fire has crossed Mount Lindesay Highway and is burning towards Grahams Creek Road.

The fire is predicted to reach the township of Woodenbong today.

The fire has burnt 4440 hectares in size and is out of control.

Advice

If you are in the area of Woodenbong and your plan is to leave, leave now in a southerly direction towards Urbenville.

Monitor conditions.

If you are in the area of Dairy Flat and Hilderbrands Road, monitor conditions.

Take advice from from firefighters in the area, particularly for residents in the Grahams Creek Road area.

 

UPDATE 11.40am: RESIDENTS at Woodnebong have been warned fire may run towards the town today.

Woodenbong fire: The Border Trail fire is currently burning within 4km of Woodenbong. 

RFS spokeswoman Inspector Angela Daley said there is a Severe Fire Danger warning in place.

She said police and SES have been door knocking residents to alert them of the fire danger.

Insp Daley said a westerly wind change is forecast later today, and there is "so much fire edge" that will make firefighting "reallly difficult".

While an evacuation order is not in place, she said people need to be aware, know what you're going to do, and know where you're going.

People at Woodenbong should head south to Urbenville, Bonalbo and Kyogle.

People at Dairy Flat and along the Summerland Way should head towards Kyogle.

Insp Daley said the fire had the potential to hit the town.

Mt Nardi fire: The fire in the Nightcap National Park is still burning on a number of fronts and there are pockets of active fire in the region.

The RFS is particularly concerned about the fire burning near Doon Doon, and residents have been warned the fire is moving towards houses.

Crews are in the area to protect property and lives.

Insp Daley said the topography of the national park creates challenges, with winds often channelled along gullies and up ridges. She said this can make fire unpredictable.

 

UPDATE 11.30am: FIREFIGHTERS are facing the daunting task of battling fires on a number of fronts on the Northern Rivers today.

Conditions today are very bad for firefighters and are expected to get worse later today.

Temperatures will rise to above 30C and winds will move from a more northerly direction to south easterly direction and blow at a speed of 30km/h.

Bora Ridge Fire: The wind change will put significant pressure on the southern side of the Bora Ridge fire.

The fire yesterday burnt to the south west towards Bungawalbin Rd at Bungawalbin.

RFS spokeswoman Inspector Angela Daley said the fire on that front had almost joined up with the Busbys Flat fire.

Insp Daley said residnets at New Italy and residents on the eastern side of the Pacific Highway had been doorknocked to ensure they were aware of the danger and were prepared to leave if the fire came closer.

She said fire was burning close to properties that had only one access road, so people needed to make an early decision to leave.

She said fire conditions meant warnings were going to "seek shelter immediately" very quickly.

"if you don't need to be there, leave," she said. "Don't leave it too late to try to leave."

 

 

UPDATE 11.00am: AT LEAST four house and 25 outbuildings were lost to fire on Myall Creek Road yesterday.

RFS spokeswoman Inspector Angela Daley said the Building impact Assessment team were still trying to assess the full dmamge, and as the fire is still active, that number may rise.

She said they were working with police, but there are no reports of people being unaccounted for at this stage.

The Rural Fire Service is urging people living near fires to be aware fire conditions today are not good and the danger could escalate rapidly.

RFS spokeswoman Inspector Angela Daley said there is a Total Fire Ban in place today and a Severe Fire Rating in place, so people near active fires need to remain vigilant and to make sure they have a plan in place should the fire move towards their homes.

"It is a big fireground, and it is not good fire weather," she said.

She said conditions are making fire behaviour unpredictable, so by the time people are alerted to danger, it may be too late to leave.

She said people should assess whether their home is defendable and whether they need to be there. If not, they should make the decision to leave early.

Many properties amy only have one way in and one way out, so people need to factor that in when making a decision to leave. 

 

 

UPDATE 6.45am: A TOTAL of 259 homes have now been confirmed destroyed following the bush fires in northern NSW since Friday November 8.

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Building Impact Assessment teams are continuing their assessment of impacted properties.

Crews have now surveyed more than 3,100 buildings and confirmed the following losses:

  • 257 homes destroyed, 87 damaged
  • 18 facilities destroyed, 28 damaged
  • 80 outbuildings destroyed, 155 damaged
  • A total of 2,141 buildings in the direct area of the fire saved

BIA teams are continuing their assessments, and these numbers will change as more remote areas are inspected.

Across the bush fire season to date, a total of 370 homes have been destroyed in NSW, and a total of 6,936 homes have been saved.

UPDATE 6.40am: THE Border Trail, Woodenbong fire is predicted to reach the township of Woodenbong today, NSW RFS Northern Rivers Zone said.

Severe Fire Danger is predicted for the area today along with continued northerly winds.

"The fire has crossed Mount Lindesay Road to the east and is burning towards Grahams Creek Road in the west," NSW RFS Northern Rivers Zone said last night.

"If you are in the area of Woodenbong and your plan is to leave, leave now in a southerly direction towards Urbenville.

"If you are in the area of Dairy Flat and Hilderbrands Road, monitor conditions, and now what you will do if the fire threatens."

Stay up to date at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

ORIGINAL STORY: FIRE activity eased overnight and the immediate threat to properties has lowered although conditions are forecast to worsen later today.

NSW RFS said more than 1300 firefighters worked overnight on the 59 bush or grass fires currently burning across NSW at 6am, with 35 not yet contained.

"Five fires remain at the Watch and Act alert level. There's an increased risk of fire today with 8 areas under a Total Fire Ban," NSW RFS said.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there was a Severe Fire Danger Rating almost from border to border today.

The Bora Ridge bush fire burning near Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap is at Watch and Act level.

The fire is more than 5,200 hectares and is out of control.

North-easterly winds are pushing the fire south westerly towards Bungawalbin and Doubleduke State Forest areas.

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

Crews are on scene in the Neileys Lagoon Road and Bungawalbin Whiporie Road and Williams Road providing property protection if required.

Advice

  • If you are in the area Neileys Lagoon, Bungawalbin Whiporie and Williams Road area, Whites Road and New Italy, 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 Hallwoods Road area, watch out for burning embers which may start spot fires ahead of the main fire front.
  • If you are in the area of Boggy Creek Road, Eucalyptus Drive, Swan Bay and east of the Pacific Highway near Turners Road and Red Gate Road, monitor conditions.

What you need to do

  • If you are threatened by fire, you may not get assistance.
  • If you are in these areas and your plan is to leave, or your property is not prepared, leave towards a safer location.
  • Safer locations include built up areas, well away from bushland.
  • If you are unable to leave, identify a safer location which may be nearby. This may include a cleared area well away from bushland, or an identified Neighbourhood Safer Place https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/neighbourhood-safer-places.
  • Avoid bushland areas.
  • 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.