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Green Wattle Creek Fire: What you need to know

The Green Wattle Creek Fire is currently at 'Advice' level as of 11:30 am.

Wollondilly Fire Control Centre community liaison Elizabeth Ellis said the conditions were much cooler for January 1.

"We're happy that the fires stayed in the containment lines in light of the unstable weather conditions we had yesterday," she said.

"With easing fire conditions crews are working on a containment strategy to plug any gap in the containment lines to make sure that we are well and truly secure.

"There is an active fire north west of Mittagong and crews are looking to contain it. It has been held in containment lines.

"The weather conditions will get very hot on Saturday but at the moment the north-easterly winds are predicted to be fairly gentle.

"It's the winds that are driving the fire.

"Winds are currently worse on the western front of the fire near Wombeyan Caves but the conditions today are mild.

"We are very relieved that the fires have stayed in the containment lines overnight."

Temperatures for Saturday January 4 are predicted to reach 41 degrees Celsius.

Current Situation

  • Conditions have eased on the fireground.
  • Firefighters, supported by water bombing aircraft, are working to strengthen containment lines across the fireground.
  • Fire activity may increase in local areas dependant on terrain and local weather conditions.

Advice

Rock Lilly, Barralier, Wombeyan Caves, areas north west of Mittagong, and north of Wombeyan Caves Road

  • There was intense fire activity in the area yesterday.
  • Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Stay alert for embers and spot fires.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.
  • The fire has crossed the Wombeyan Caves to the west of the Wollondilly River junction, in the Tallygang Mountain Road area.
  • The fire continues to burn north of Wombeyan Caves Road, east of the Wollondilly River junction.

Alpine, Aylmerton, Willow Vale, Braemar, Balaclava, Mittagong, Berrima, Woodlands and Mt Gibraltar areas

  • Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Stay alert for embers and spot fires.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Yanderra, Hill Top, Buxton, Yerrinbool and Colo Vale

  • Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Stay alert for embers and spot fires.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Balmoral Village, Nattai, Pheasants Nest, Couridjah, Thirlmere, Tahmoor, Bargo, Oakdale, Lakesland, Silverdale, Warragamba, The Oaks, Belimbla Park, Werombi, Orangeville, Theresa Park and Brownlow Hill

  • Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Stay alert for embers and spot fires.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Burnt Flat, Paling Flat, Long Flat, Bullio, Colong Stock Route, Bindook Highlands, Wanganderry, High Range and Bullio

  • Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.
  • Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.

Jenolan, Jaunter Road, Tuglow and Kanangra areas

  • Fire is burning within containment lines.
  • Monitor the changing conditions.

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 (000).
  • If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

Evacuation Centre

Other Information

  • 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.
  • People with respiratory conditions who are affected by bush fire smoke should activate their health management plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions, such as staying indoors and closing windows.
  • For information on road closures, check Live Traffic NSW. Roads may be closed without warning.
  • Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.

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