Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

Watch and Act
Watch and Act - Washpool State Forest, Coombadjha (Clarence Valley LGA)

Posted:11/11/2019 16:51

A bush fire is burning in the Washpool State Forest near Coombadjha. It is more than 31,800 hectares and is out of control.

Current Situation

The fire is burning on both sides of the Carnham Road, and both sides of the Clarence Way in the vicinity Eighteen Mile.

The fire on the Western side of the Clarence River is still moving north towards Ewingar.

Crews supported by water bombing aircraft are working to slow the spread of the fire to the north.


Smoke and ash is likely in the area of Baryulgil. Watch out for embers which may start spot fires ahead of the main fire front.

If you are in the areas of Eighteen Mile, Fine Flower, Dumbudgery and Carnham, monitor conditions. Watch out for burning embers which may start spot fires ahead of the main fire front.

Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.

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 10 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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