Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

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

Posted:13/11/2019 12:35

A bush fire is burning in the Washpool State Forest near Coombadjha. It is more than 38,000 hectares in size and is out of control.

Current Situation

The fire continues to burn in the vicinity of Baryulgil, Fine Flower, Upper Fine Flower and surrounding areas. Significant areas of uncontained fire poses a threat to surrounding communities.
Fire around the Clarence Way and Fine Flower has crossed Coaldale Road near Upper Fine Flower.
Firefighters supported by water bombing aircraft are working in the area to protect life and property.
Advice

If you are in the areas of Coaldale, Stockyard Creek, Whiporie, Upper Copmanhurst and Copmanhurst, monitor conditions. Watch out for burning embers which may start spot fires ahead of the main fire front.
If you are in the areas of Baryulgil, Eighteen Mile, Fine Flower, Dumbudgery and Carnham, roads in these areas may be blocked or impacted by fire.
Clarence Way is closed Coaldale.
What you need to do

If you are threatened by fire, you may not get assistance.
Monitor conditions and enact your bush fire survival plan.
Take advice from firefighters in the area.
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 for Wednesday 13 November 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 13/11/2019 14:30 or if the situation changes.

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