Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

Watch and Act
Watch and Act - Toorumbee Complex fires (formerly Jacobs Spur and Armidale Road fires, Kempsey LGA)

Posted:11/11/2019 16:49

A bush fire is burning in the Willi Willi area, west of Kempsey. The fire has burnt more than 71,000 hectares and is out of control.

Current Situation

A number of fires have joined in the area around Bellbrook. The Toorumbee Complex fire includes the former Jacobs Spur and Armidale Road fires.

The fire is burning in the area of Bellbrook, Hickeys Creek and Willawarrin on the southern and eastern side of the Armidale Road.

The fire has crossed the Macleay River and Armidale Road, and is heading north east towards Millbank and Sundown Creek.

Easing conditions will assist firefighters with property protection in rural areas.


If you are in the areas of Bellbrook, Willi Willi, Willawarrin, Hickeys Creek, Temagog, Mungay Creek, Millibank or Carrai Road, monitor conditions. Put your bush fire survival plan into action.

If you do not have a bush fire survival plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Evacuation Centres and School Closures

Evacuation centres open today Monday 11 November are: Club Taree; Wauchope High School ( Wauchope Showground for animals); Laurieton United Services Club; Kempsey Showground; Kempsey Macleay RSL Club; Anglican Church Bowraville; Grafton Community Centre; Coraki Bowling Club; Nimbin Showground. The Evacuation centre at the Old Bar Club is closed.

People are encouraged to register online at Register Find Reunite before attending evacuation centres.

For a list of school closures on Monday 11 November visit

Other Information

Worsening weather conditions on Tuesday 12 November 2019 will see areas across the state with severe, extreme and catastrophic fire danger. These are very dangerous conditions. Visit the NSW RFS website for more details.
If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
For information on road closures, check Roads may be closed without warning.

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