Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

EMERGENCY WARNING - Myall Creek Road fire (Richmond Valley LGA)

Posted:15/11/2019 15:53

A bush fire is burning near Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap. The fire is more than 5,200 hectares and is out of control.

Current Situation

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.
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.
The next update on this fire will be issued by 15/11/2019 17:20 or if the situation changes.

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