Australia Residents told to leave by morning as bushfire looms over Batemans Bay

06:35  04 december  2019
06:35  04 december  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

Warnings to prepare to flee north Qld fire

  Warnings to prepare to flee north Qld fire Residents in a small town west of Cairns are being told to prepare to flee a bushfire.Authorities are warning people they should prepare to flee a bushfire burning west of Cairns.

Fire north of Batemans Bay doubles in size, burning through more than 11,560 hectares. Residents living in the vicinity of a concerning bushfire , burning north of Toowoomba, have been told to prepare to leave their homes as conditions could get worse quickly.

Residents in the Kioloa, Pretty Beach, Pebbly Beach, Depot Beach and Durras North areas have been told to seek shelter because it's too late to leave . The Princes Highway between Dolphin Point and Batemans Bay has been closed in both directions. Some 111 bush and grass fires were burning

a group of people posing for the camera: Coen Good, left, and family friend Roger Damm, send a celebratory selfie after saving the family home at Currowan on Tuesday.© Supplied Coen Good, left, and family friend Roger Damm, send a celebratory selfie after saving the family home at Currowan on Tuesday. Residents on the northern side of Batemans Bay have been told they must decide to leave their properties by Thursday morning as bushfires travel slowly, but steadily, towards the South Coast town.

At a meeting with the local Rural Fire Service brigade on Wednesday morning, Long Beach residents were urged to make the decision to either leave or stay in the coming hours – and if they are going, to be out before 9 am on Thursday and "plan to be gone for a week".

Out of control fires burn this week near Batemans Bay.© AAP Image/Dean Lewins Out of control fires burn this week near Batemans Bay. The fire, which has already burnt through almost 50,000 hectares in the Bimberamala and Murramarang national parks, is predicted to reach the edge of Long Beach by 5 pm on Thursday amid temperatures in the 30s and north-westerly winds.

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  Man arrested in bushfire investigation Investigations into a still-uncontrolled bushfire in northern Tasmania have led to the arrest of a 20-year-old man.A 20-year-old man has been arrested following allegations that a bushfire still burning on the northern tip of Tasmania was deliberately lit, police say.

Fire crews battle a bushfire threatening homes near Batemans Bay . Credit:Rural Fire Service. Several beachside holiday areas are threatened by the blaze, which continues to move east, and people between Bawley Point and North Durras have been told to monitor conditions, while those

Australia fires : smoke haze hangs over Sydney on Tuesday morning as bushfires burn across New South Wales. NSW Health said children, older adults and It remained at a watch and act level, with residents of South Durras area told to leave to Batemans Bay , if it was safe to do so, and those in

It's just one of a handful of fires that have been burning at a 'Watch and Act' level as of Wednesday afternoon, with more than 100 fires burning across the state.

Four other 'Watch and Act' alerts are in place for fires in the Hunter Region, including one at Peats Ridge on the Central Coast.

Thick smoke moving away from the New South Wales bushfires.© AAP Image/Supplied by NASA Thick smoke moving away from the New South Wales bushfires. Smoke from the fires has blanketed Sydney in a hazardous haze for four days in a row.

A spokeswoman for the Rural Fire Service said elevated temperatures and strong westerly winds forecast for Thursday meant multiple areas will be in severe fire danger, with the biggest concerns for the Currowan fire, burning north of Batemans Bay, and the Three Mile fire at Peats Ridge, west of Gosford.

More than 150 fires burning across NSW

  More than 150 fires burning across NSW More than 150 blazes are still burning across NSW as a hot and windy weekend forecast prompts a fresh warning for residents to prepare for fire.On Thursday evening, 66 of the 152 bush and grass fires across NSW were uncontained.

The fire , north of Currowan's Batemans Bay , is subject to an emergency warning and was bolstered by strong westerly winds overnight, spotting over the Princes Residents in suburbs of Cessnock in the New South Wales Hunter Valley have been told it is too late to leave as a bushfire threatens the town.

There were 132 bush and grass fires burning across NSW on Tuesday morning with several The out-of-control Currowan fire north of Batemans Bay was burning across more than 16,000 hectares Last night in Queensland, residents in Woodgate, south of Bundaberg have been told to leave as a

Batemans Bay grandmother, Donna Good, said her youngest son had only just managed to save his family home at Currowan on Tuesday, and now their second property, at North Batemans Bay, where her eldest daughter lives, is about to come under threat.

a truck that is driving down the road: RFS tankers and crew patrol for spot fires between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla on Tuesday.© AAP RFS tankers and crew patrol for spot fires between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla on Tuesday. Ms Good, who was keeping watch over evacuated animals at the Batemans Bay Pony Club on Wednesday afternoon, said she would join her son in fighting the fire on Thursday.

She said she had never had to fight a bushfire before and was "extremely anxious", especially while her son Coen, 27, was fighting the fire at Currowan.

"You just don’t know and you can’t do anything and you can’t get out there," she said.

"He [Coen] could have quite easily died in that fire ... there was a massive panic on. They were lucky enough that they got airstrikes."

Despite her anxiety, Ms Good said she was willing to stay and fight to preserve her property.

"I don’t think you could ever be ready, but the poor firies (firefighters)… everybody’s just gotta stick their hand up and help where they can," she said.

With the Princes Highway closed between North Batemans Bay and Dolphin Point, south of Ulladulla, residents looking to evacuate are urged to check Live Traffic NSW for alternative routes.

Residents near the Third Mile fire, in the area of Mangrove Creek, Greengrove, Lower Mangrove, Upper Mangrove, Central Macdonald, Lower Macdonald, are advised to enact their bushfire survival plan and leave early if they don't plan to stay and fight.

Bushfire north of Perth a risk to homes .
Authorities have issued an emergency warning for a bushfire in the City of Wanneroo, about 25km kilometres north of Perth, that's threatening lives and homes.Residents in parts of Yanchep in the city of Wanneroo north of Perth are being urged to leave immediately as firefighters battling a large bushfire.

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