Werri Berri bushfire escalates to Watch and Act on Friday afternoon

The fire burns near Bemboka earlier in January. Picture: Belinda French
The fire burns near Bemboka earlier in January. Picture: Belinda French

A bushfire burning in the Werri Berri area, north of Bemboka, escalated to Watch and Act about 3.50pm on Friday afternoon.

NSW Rural Fire Service made the announcement, stating the fire is more than 21,000ha and is out of control.

Current Situation

  • The fire is burning to the north of Bemboka and west of Brogo.
  • Fire conditions are forecast to deteriorate on Friday. Erratic fire behaviour may be experienced.
  • The fire spread prediction map shows the potential fire spread and the communities that may come under threat from embers or fire fronts. Other surrounding areas may still come under threat if conditions change, or if fires breach containment lines.
  • A number of roads are blocked and closed.
  • Avoid non-essential travel in the area. If you are in a coastal village or built up area, remain in place.

Advice

  • If you are in the areas west of Bega between Snowy Mountains Highway in the north and Candelo-Bega Road in the south, as well as the Desert Creek and Double Creek, Yankees Gap or Brogo areas, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

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.

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.
  • 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.
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