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Green Wattle Creek at 'Emergency' level

The Green Wattle Creek fire has now been upgraded to 'Emergency level' as of 1:22 pm.

The fire was upgraded to emergency level at Wombeyan caves and Bullio - with residents advised to take shelter.

The Green Wattle Creek fire is breaking containment lines around Wombeyan Caves and Bullio, northeast of Taralga.

RFS Southern Tablelands operations officer Lachlan Gilchrist said the fire was "growing and running hard."

"We are sending additional resources but we are not confident of success so we are moving into property protection mode," he said.

"We do expect it will impact properties around Wombeyan Caves so we are working very hard. We are just not confident it will stop running under these conditions and that our resources can get around it. People need to leave early."

Properties in the Bullio area are also highly likely to be impacted.

Mr Gilchrist said the northwest winds were fanning the blaze, as expected.

Meantime, crews are also on scene of the Jacqua Creek fire. Again, the RFS cannot contain the blaze due to the topography in the national park.

"We expect it to burn to the southeast and join up with the Currowan fire tonight or tomorrow morning," Mr Gilchrist said.

"That's concerning because it could form another fire front."

One property is potentially under threat. Mr Gilchrist said it is burning away from the community but could "wheel around" to move towards it.

"It's following predictions at the moment and the predictions are dire. We're doing everything we can to protect properties."

Current Situation

  • Dangerous fire conditions are expected today. These fires pose a serious threat to life. Do not be in the path of these fires. View the fire spread prediction map here.
  • Fire activity is increasing on some parts of the fireground.
  • Strong north westerly winds will impact the fire today. A gusty southerly change is due to affect this fire later this evening. This will push the fire in a northerly direction.
  • Firefighters continue working to strengthen containment lines across the fireground.
  • Fire activity may increase in local areas dependant on terrain and local weather conditions.

Advice

Wombeyan Caves, Bullio and surrounding Areas

  • Fire activity is increasing in the area.
  • It is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches.
  • Seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat for the fire.

Areas to the north and west of Mittagong, including Rock Lilly, Barralier

  • Fire activity is increasing in the area.
  • Monitor the conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.

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

  • Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Alpine, Aylmerton, Willow Vale, Braemar, Balaclava, Mittagong, Bowral, 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.

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

  • The fire has passed through the area. There may still be unburnt areas and active fire.
  • 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.

Jenolan, Jaunter Road, Tuglow and Kanangra areas

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

Canyonleigh

  • Monitor the conditions.
  • Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

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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