Mogo, Batemans Bay fires 'out of this world': Labor MP
Labor MP Fiona Phillips says people in her electorate of Gilmore have been shocked out of complacency by the ferocity of the fires that are ravaging the area. Ms Phillips' electorate takes in the town of Mogo., which was devastated by fire on Tuesday.Authorities believe hundreds of buildings were destroyed in Mogo and Batemans Bay, although the animals at the local zoo were saved.Speaking with Sky News, Ms Philips described Tuesday's fires as “out of this world” and said she holds concerns for how Gilmore will fare heading into the weekend as conditions could bring further damage to the region.
Residents around Clyde Mountain, including North Batemans Bay , Surfside, Long Beach, South Durras, Maloneys Beach have been warned it is too late to leave and must seek shelter as the firestorm draws near. As residents of Batemans Bay desperately wait out the firestorm, close to
Residents warned it ' s ' too late to leave ' parts of Australia's Victoria state as fires rage Residents of several towns in the picturesque southeastern
Residents stranded in the NSW South Coast town of Batemans Bay have been warned to seek shelter as fires surrounding them jump containment lines.
Warning levels are now at emergency level with many locals already forced to flee their homes and set up at evacuation centres.
Residents around Clyde Mountain, including North Batemans Bay, Surfside, Long Beach, South Durras, Maloneys Beach have been warned it is too late to leave and must seek shelter as the firestorm draws near.
NSW Princes Highway likely to reopen allowing residents chance to evacuate
Residents and holiday-goers may have a short window of time to evacuate the New South Wales South Coast before conditions deteriorate on Saturday. Police and fire authorities have been working around the clock to clear the Princes Highway north of Batemans Bay, with it likely to reopen on Wednesday evening. Pictures: Australia's bushfire emergency Residents - and those on summer holidays - are being warned that if they don't leave before Saturday they may be stuck there again, when fires are likely to flare back up and roads will be closed.
Image caption Residents of Batemans Bay in NSW also headed to the water for safety. People on the street are describing it as apocalyptic. The smoke is now so thick it ' s almost impossible to drive. If you are happy to be contacted by a BBC journalist please leave a telephone number that we can
Batemans Bay residents warned it ' s too late to leave . The first 60 evacuees on the navy vessel MV Sycamore from the devastated holiday town of Mallacoota arrived at Hastings port on Saturday morning and will be followed later in the day by HMAS Choules carrying 1100 people.
The fire jumped the Kings Highway a short time ago and with hundreds of properties at risk, some residents have chosen to stay with their homes and try to protect them.
Over 30,600 homes and businesses are also without power in the Batemans Bay and Moruya region due to the fires affecting infrastructure in the area according to Essential Energy.
They warn that further outages are likely as the fires continue to grow.
As residents of Batemans Bay desperately wait out the firestorm, close to 150 other blazes continue to burn across NSW with 12 now at "emergency" warning level.
Sweltering temperatures and strong winds are fanning flames as emergency crews struggle.
NSW Rural Fire Service community safety officer Marty Webster says there is an "enormous" amount of fire in southern NSW and conditions have been worsening in line with forecasts.
'It is not safe': RFS warns people to avoid South Coast
Authorities are keen to discourage other tourists from entering towns where services - such as food, fuel and power - are already strained because of damage to infrastructure.Ben Shepherd, a senior RFS spokesman, told the Herald on Wednesday evening that teams of staff were planning to visit camping grounds, caravan parks and other accommodation in a region stretching from Batemans Bay to the Victorian border from Thursday morning, to ask people to leave the region if they had no reason to stay.
Batemans Bay residents preparing for extreme conditions. South Australia' s CFS issues emergency warning for bushfires on Kangaroo Island.
Premier urging people to leave before it ' s too late . Bega residents flee homes ahead of tomorrow's conditions. South Australia's CFS issues emergency warning for bushfires on Kangaroo Island.
"Our grave concern is for people who haven't acted on our advice and are in bushland areas," told media this afternoon.
As well as the NSW South Coast, emergency warnings are in place for fires in the Snowy Monaro and Snowy Valley regions as well as the 268,000-hectare Green Wattle Creek blaze southwest of Sydney.
More than 3000 firefighters are on the frontline with 31 specialist strike teams in place across NSW.
Northwesterly winds have been whipping fire grounds in southern NSW and pushing bushfires towards the coast.
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Couple charged with looting in fire-hit NSW town .
Two people have been charged for allegedly looting electrical items from a business on the NSW South Coast after it was damaged by fire. Police allege the 38-year-old man and woman, aged 31, went to the Batemans Bay shop twice last Wednesday and stole the items. © Nine Kids play cricket in Batemans Bay during the fire crisis The gear was allegedly found at homes in Tilba Tilba and Narooma yesterday.Both were arrested and taken to Batemans Bay Police Station.They face multiple charges relating to breaking into the business and taking goods.Both were refused bail to appear at Batemans Bay Local Court today.