Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

A bush fire is burning in bushland in the vicinity of Drake, Tabulam and the Bruxner Highway. The fire has burnt more than 53,000 hectares and is being controlled.

Current Situation

The fire is burning on both sides of the Bruxner Highway to the west of Drake.

The northern edge of the fire continues to burn in the vicinity of Red Range Rd and Rover Park Rd.

The southern edge of the fire continues to burn towards the area of Poverty Point, Surface Hill and Sandy Creek area.

The threat to homes has eased. Where possible crews will take advantage of favourable conditions to hold containment lines.

The Bruxner Highway is currently closed in some locations. Check Live Traffic for updates.


Residents in the areas of Rover Park and Red Rock should monitor conditions. Follow your bush fire survival plan and know what you will do if a fire threatens.

If you are in the area of Drake, Ewingar, Sandy Place, Tilbaroo and areas on the western side of the Clarence River, follow your bush fire survival plan and ensure you know what you will do if conditions change.

People in areas on the eastern side of the Clarence River should monitor conditions closely. Ensure you know what you will do if the fire impacts on your property.

If you live in the area but are away from your home, it may not be safe to return to your property.

Other Information

Drake primary school will be closed on Monday 16 September.
A Disaster Assistance Point will be open at Drake Information Centre, Fairfield Street, Drake between 1:00pm and 4:00pm throughout Monday to Friday.
Tenterfield Disaster Assistance will be open at Tenterfield Council Chambers from 9:00am to 5:00pm throughout Monday to Friday.
You can register your details prior to visiting the Evacuation Centre. Visit the Register Find Reunite site at and register for the 'Bushfire in Tenterfield'.
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.
For information on road closures, check Roads may be closed without warning.

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