January 4 Bushfire Update

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9.00pm Update.

Monaro Team Rural Fire Service 8.58pm
MONARO FIRES UPDATE

Today has been a challenging day for firefighters and our communities across the Snowy Monaro with predicted fire conditions realised.

Multiple fires are still active across the region. The Good Good, Doubtful Trail and Adaminaby Complex fires remain at Emergency Alert level. People in these fire areas need to remain alert and seek shelter as fires approach.
Firefighting resources remain in place overnight at strategic locations to protect lives and property.

Fires still at Emergency Level in the Snowy Monaro:

Good Good Fire

Doubtful Gap Fire

Adaminaby Complex Fires

The following areas are still at risk:

– Peak View, Jerangle, Numeralla, Countegany
– Yaouk in the north to Lake Eucumbene in the south, including Adaminaby and Shannons Flat
– Eucumbene Cove, Snowy Plains and Braemar Bay
– Bugtown, Old Adaminaby and Anglers Reach

-At the moment, the following towns are not under threat:

Berridale, Bredbo, Bombala, Cooma, Dalgety, Delegate Jindabyne, Michelago

Fire and Rescue NSW Station 338 Jindabyne

Just a quick update for the residents of Jindabyne.
The threat of any fire impact to the town has eased right off tonight. The winds have calmed and the temperatures have plummeted.
We would say to breathe a sigh of relief tonight, but we are yet again covered in a thick smoke layer from the South and we don’t want you breathing too much of it.
The fires around are not out, but you can turn all the sprinklers off as there is no immediate threat of embers. We also ask that you minimise your energy usage as it is currently stretched in our region.
We thank you for your vigilance and support.
There is still a lot going on across the region and we are thinking of all those affected and if you are still in an Emergency Warning or Watch and Act area, please keep an eye out.
Rest up 👍

Riverina Highlands Rural Fire Service
#Update Dunns Road Fire- Blowering Dam area South of Tumut

Fire has crossed the Snowy Mtns Hwy at Blowering Dam just north of Yachting Point Campsite.
Goobarragandra Residents remain on alert should the fire turn north after the change arrives. We are expecting the winds to swing to the South East later in the evening and push back on previously butn areas.

6.30 Update

6.23pm East Jindabyne Rural Fire Service
From East Jindabyne Rural Fire Service
The wind direction has now changed to southerly, we are not out of the woods yet and have a long night ahead. This provides a reprieve from the doubtful gap and Dunn’s road fires (for Jindabyne). However we still have multiple fires burning in the southern region of Kosciuszko National Park.
Please continue to be vigilant if you have stayed. Conserve power and water when you can.

6.32pm EMERGENCY WARNING – Pilot Lookout (Snowy Monaro LGA)

A fire generated thunderstorm (pyro-cumulonimbus) has formed over the Tin Mines, Pilot Lookout and Nine Mile fires, south west of Thredbo and Ingebirah and west of Corrowong and Delegate.

As a result, there is a potential for escalation in fire behaviour associated with this fire thunderstorm. A pyro-cumulonimbus can create erratic winds and dry lightning and result in significantly faster fire spread. You may hear thunder, you may see lightning, and erratic winds will push the fire in multiple directions. This is a very dangerous situation and you need to monitor the conditions around you and take appropriate action. You can learn more about pyro-cumulonimbus clouds here:

6.05 Update

Fires continue to burn across the region. On the fires Near Me app you can see how these fires have grown, some will join with adjacent fires at some point.

The main concerns are still as per our previous post. The sky has gone dark in Cooma, and still a slight orange in Jindabyne.
The Snowy Monaro Regional Council has requested residents in Jindabyne watch their water use. Water levels in reservoirs in Jindabyne are currently dropping at a faster rate than can be replenished. Do not leave sprinklers running all day so there is some water when it is really needed later in the day.

UPDATE: COOMA EVACUATION CENTRE – SATURDAY 4 JANUARY 2020, 17:03PM

There is no more room at the Cooma Showground for horses. People leaving their properties with horses can take them to the Cooma Racecourse, located on Numeralla Road. Portable yards are set up. Horses will need to be looked after on a self-care basis.

6.03pm – Monaro Team Rural Fire Service
MONARO FIRES UPDATE – Saturday 4/01/2020 18:00
This evening we have multiple fires burning across the Snowy Monaro region at Emergency Level:
– Adaminaby complex fire burning north west of the township of Adaminaby
– Doubtful Gap Trail fire burning west of Eucumbene
– Good Good fire burning in the Jerangle area. The Hell Hole and Inaloy Trail fires have now merged with the Good Good fire.

As fire approaches people should take shelter and protect themselves from the heat of the fire.

There are also two very large Emergency Level fires – the Green Valley and the Dunns Road fire – which are burning to the west of the region. These fires are largely responsible for the very heavy smoke that is blocking the sun and causing the darkened sky.

We also have fires at Watch and Act level in the region:
– W Tree burning south of Delegate
– Geehi and Pilot Lookout fires both burning in Kosciuszko National Park.

RFS have resources in place at strategic locations, including a number of strike teams out of area now working in Cooma and surrounds to protect lives and property.

4.45pm EMERGENCY WARNING – Doubtful Gap Trail (Snow Monaro LGA)

A fire generated thunderstorm (pyro-cumulonimbus) has formed over the Doubtful Gap Trail fire in the Snowy Monaro region.

As a result, there is a potential for escalation in fire behaviour associated with this fire thunderstorm. A pyro-cumulonimbus can create erratic winds and dry lightning and result in significantly faster fire spread. You may hear thunder, you may see lightning, and erratic winds will push the fire in multiple directions. This is a very dangerous situation and you need to monitor the conditions around you and take appropriate action. You can learn more about pyro-cumulonimbus clouds here: http://media.bom.gov.au/…/when-bushfires-make-their-own-we…/

FIRE INFORMATION UPDATE FROM NSW RFS – ADAMINABY COMPLEX – SATURDAY 4 JANUARY 2020, 17:36 PM

Multiple fires are burning to the north of Adaminaby in the Bugtown area. The fire is more than 5,000 hectares in size and is out of control.

Current Situation

A number of fires bush fire are burning in remote terrain in the Scabby Range Nature Reserve.
Dangerous fire conditions are expected today and these fires pose a serious threat to life. Do not be in the path of these fires. Strong north westerly winds will push the fire towards the coast today.

A gusty southerly change is due later this afternoon which will push the fire in a more northerly direction. There is also a chance of thunderstorms.

Fire activity is increasing and the fire is spreading quickly. Firefighters, assisted by heavy plant machinery, continue working to slow the spread of the fire.

Advice

If you are in the area between Yaouk in the north and Lake Eucumbene in the south including Adaminaby and Shannons Flat you are at risk. The window of opportunity to leave has now closed. It is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are in the area of Bugtown, Old Adaminaby and Anglers Reach you are at risk. The window of opportunity to leave has now closed. It is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

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.

In the Snowy Valleys they have emergency alerts for the following.

5.20pm

EMERGENCY WARNING – Dunns Road and East Ourine Creek (Snowy Valleys LGA)

Fire is burning on multiple fronts. Fire activity has increased in the areas of Rosewood, Tumbarumba and surrounds. If you are in these areas it is too late to leave. Take shelter as the fire approaches. Seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the fire. The Green Valley fire is burning south west of Tumbarumba and following a south westerly change, will push the fire towards Tumbarumba.

4.45pm

EMERGENCY WARNING – Dunns Road and East Ournie Creek (Snowy Valleys LGA)

If you are in the area of Talbingo it is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Be alert for embers blown ahead of the fire that can create spot fires and threaten properties before the main fire front arrives.

 

 

 

3.50pm Update

Several fires are now at Emergency Level across the wider Snowy Mountains region, plus in the Victorian Gippsland.

Should you be near these areas you must stay tuned to respective authorities for alerts. NSW Rural Fire Service and Vic Emergency.

Adaminaby Complex
Doubtful Gap Trail west of Lake Eucumbene
Good Good Fire near Jerangle East of Bredbo
Green Valley Talmalmo which is burning in a number of directions all around Corryong
Dunns Road in all directions including Tumbarumba area Talbingo and into Kosciuszko National Park near Cabramurra
Inaloy Trail near Peak View, Numerella, and Countegany East of Cooma.

All these fires are impacting their immediate area, plus potential to spread with the predicted weather conditions.

While authorities had predicted some of these fires to have grown rapidly by this time, they “appear” to have not in certain areas. This is by no means saying they will not grow, but in these trying times we look for any encouragement.

The sky has just turned an orange glow at 3.50pm in Jindabyne. This has certainly changed the mood.

As we are reporting from Jindabyne, we can give first hand news here. Strong winds in Jindabyne that was whipping up white caps on Lake Jindabyne has now eased, although smoke is increasing, mostly from the Doubtful Gap Trail near Lake Eucumbene.

This is the most immediate threat to Jindabyne, with Braemar Bay and Eucumbene Cove alerted at 1pm.

An ease of wind would be welcomed, but there is excepted to be a wind change this afternoon. Currently Jindabyne has winds north to northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h tending west to northwesterly 30 to 45 km/h in the middle of the day then tending cool southeast to southwesterly 20 to 25 km/h in the late evening.

At Thredbo the winds are northwesterly 35 to 55 km/h tending westerly 35 to 50 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the late evening.

Should the fires become slower than predicted, a change in weather tomorrow will help, although not relive the threat.

Weather forecast for Sunday in Jindabyne is cloudy, medium (60%) chance of showers. Areas of smoke haze. The chance of a thunderstorm about the ranges. Winds south to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light before dawn then becoming east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning.

In the Snowy Valleys west of the Main Range, fire continues to threaten towns.

3.25PM The Fire has jumped containment lines to the north east in the Ellerslie Mt Adrah Areas across the Snowy Mtns Hwy. Residents in the Sharps Creek, Bangadang, Mt Adrah and Grahamstown shlould shelter in place as fire approaches.

Snowy Mtns Hwy is Closed West of Adelong.

No evacuation for Tumut has been ordered at this time. We have had a call back to a reigition of the Tumut Common fire. Crews are on scene and making it safe, It is well within the previous burnt area and no threat at this time.

 

 

 

1.20pm Update.

Fires in the region have been elevated to Emergency Level.

The wind has started to increase across the region and temperatures are hot. This was the predicted weather forecast so nothing new on that front. All fire authorities are now well engaged in their roles, be it already at a fire front or assigned to their positions to wait.

As everyone is aware there is an expected Dangerous Fire Situation for today across the Snowy Mountains and Snowy Monaro areas.

All towns across the region have been advised of their individual status and the expected fire spread as wind increases mixed with high temperatures. Authorities have said conditions will deteriorate quickly.

It is predicted the Dunns Road fire that started in the Snowy Valleys could join the Doubtful Gap fire west of Eucumbene Cove.

It is predicted the Green Valley fire now burning in the Corryong region will expand and join with fires burning south west of Thredbo at Pilots Lookout.

1.04pm Eucumbene Cove

EMERGENCY WARNING – Doubtful Gap Trail (Snowy Monaro LGA) – A fire is burning in the area west of Eucumbene Cove, Braemar Bay and surrounding areas. The fire is spreading quickly. If you are in the path of the fire, you are at risk.

If you are in the areas of Snowy Plains, Eucumbene Cove, Braemar Bay and surrounding areas it is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself form the heat of the fire.

A southerly change is forecast to impact this fire later today which will push it in a northerly direction.

1.04 Numeralla

EMERGENCY WARNING – Inaloy Trail (Snowy Monaro LGA) – A fire is burning to the north of Numerella. It is burning in a south easterly direction.

If you are in the areas of Peak View, Numerella, and Countegany, it is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches.

Seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself form the heat of the fire.

1.04 Snowy Valleys Dunns Road Fire

The town of Batlow and surrounding areas it is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Batlow Hospital residents have been relocated and the Hospital will close until further notice.
Wondalga and Talbingo, today it is not safe to be in these areas.

Kunama and surrounds if your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, leave now towards Tumut before conditions become too dangerous today.
Activate your bush fire survival plan.
Tumbarumba Road, Tumbarumba township or Taradale Road it is advised to leave this area now, before conditions get worse today.
If you are in this area you are advised to travel toward Wagga Wagga via Rosewood and Wagga Road.
Follow the advice from firefighters in the area.
The Green Valley fire is burning south west of Tumbarumba and following a south westerly change, will push the fire towards Tumbarumba.

11.57am Suggan Buggan – Victoria

This area south of the Snowy Mountains has issued an Emergency Warning for Brumby, Cobberas, Deddick Valley, Suggan Buggan, Wulgulmerang, Wulgulmerang East.

The Suggan Buggan – Mount Stradbroke bushfire is out of control and has impacted the Snowy River Road.
The bushfire is travelling south towards McKillops Road.
Weather forcasted for today is likely to create extreme and unpredictable fire behaviour.

The predicted fire spread for the Snowy Mountains region today.

11.10 am Posts earlier in the day.

Adaminaby

This morning at 9.55am the Adaminaby Complex Fire burning north west of Adaminaby in the Snowy Monaro district remains at WATCH AND ACT level and is spreading quickly. If you’re in the area to the north of Adaminaby, you are at risk. It is now too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches.

Jindabyne – Thredbo

Today fires will increase in Kosciuszko National Park, the snow resorts and will burn towards Jindabyne. Kosciuszko National Park is fully evacuated except for skeleton fires crews at resorts, NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire Brigades and National Park crew.

This morning at 10.30 there has not been major developments in these fires overnight that were not expected. Today the wind is expected to strengthen, temperatures increase and the situation will raise a few notches as the day progresses.

Thredbo – Pilot Lookout

10.30am Watch and Act – Pilot Lookout (Snowy Valleys LGA) Several fires are spreading quickly in the remote Kosciuszko National Park, south of Mount Kosciuszko.

If you are in the areas of Thredbo Village, Little Thredbo, Bullock Flat, Crackenback and surrounds, you are at risk. Your safest option is to leave now towards Jindabyne via The Alpine Way.

At a Fire Brigade briefing in Jindabyne this morning fire fighters were updated with the latest information which is what we already knew from yesterday. Fire will increase throughout the day as the weather changes.

The town of Jindabyne was relatively calm this morning, residents were attending to their properties after the tourist notice to evacuate, and the residents were advised to leave at a community meeting yesterday. The only people left in town are mostly longer term residents, most who were here in the 2003 bushfires and are prepared for the worst.

The Fire Brigade has received an 8000 litre per minute bulk water transport system that is adjacent to Lake Jindabyne at Banjo Paterson Park. There were concerns overnight for the town water after residents starting hosing down their property. Now trucks who will service Jindabyne township will be filled via this pumping station.

Some people along the Barry Way corridor to Victoria have elected to stay on their properties to defend, and Rural Fire Services were preparing and assisting in this area.

The Station Resort in Jindabyne on the corner of Snowy River Way and the Barry Way has a SAFE ZONE at the OVAL and a route has been marked with barrier tape.

Backup has arrived with an 8000 litre per minute water pumping station.

Fire crews at a meeting this morning in Jindabyne.

At the Kosciuszko National Park headquarters in Jindabyne, vehicles were lined for the ready and a breifing could be heard happening inside this morning. Those vehicles will be deployed to assist in the immediate national park area.

The towns of Berridale and Cooma have not been declared impact zones, with an evacuation point at Cooma Showgorund/Multi Function Centre for those retreating from not only the Snowy Monaro, but also the south cost via the Snowy Mountains Highway.

The road from Bombala to Delegate is closed and for all roads you must check the Live Traffic

Lake Jindabyne from Rydges Resort at 11am.

In the Bega area an inversion layer is now lifting over the Bega Valley. Weather is starting to worsen and fire activity is increasing. Strong north westerly winds will push the fire towards the coast. A gusty southerly change is due later this afternoon which will push the fire in a more northerly direction.

The Tathra-Bermagui Rd is now closed. People between Tilba Tilba and Mogareeka will be able to use the road to leave the area, but people outside this area will not be able to access the road.

Victoria

Buchan South – At 9.37am it is strongly recommended that you Evacuate Now if you are located in Buchan  South. This warning is current to 04/01/2020 02:40 pm . Evacuation after this time is considered life threatening.

Snow Fields North East Victoria – At 10am in Victoria it is strongly recommended that you Evacuate Now if you are located in Dinner Plain, Falls Creek, Hotham Heights as there are multiple bushfires burning in the Abbeyard area that are not yet under control.