Source: NSW Rural Fire Service
Emergency Warning - Badja Forest Road, Countegany (Snowy Monaro LGA)
A bush fire is burning in the Badja Forest Road, Countegany area. The fire is more than 6,000 hectares in size and is out of control.
The fire has crossed into the Wadbilliga National Park and is spreading to the east.
The fire has crossed the Tuross River and is burning in terrain that is difficult to access.
Fire activity has increased on the western side of the fire and has crossed Badja Road.
The fire is moving in a south easterly direction. Crews are working to protect isolated properties in the area.
Badja Road is closed from Numeralla to Braidwood, except for local traffic.
This fire has the potential to spread rapidly towards areas to the east.
Deteriorating conditions are forecast on New Year's Eve with expected high temperatures and strong winds. View the predicted fire spread maps.
Multiple fires are currently burning between Cooma, Bega and Batemans Bay and a number of these pose a serious threat to life.
Strong westerly winds are expected to increase very early tomorrow morning.
We urge you to seriously consider if you should be in this area tomorrow. People in bush fire prone area between Batemans Bay and Bega should move towards a larger town away from bushland areas, such as Narooma, Moruya, Bega and Batemans Bay, before 8am.
If you are in the areas to the west of the Princes Highway including Upper Brogan, Yowrie, and Verona it is too late to leave. Take shelter as the fire approaches. Seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
If you are in the area of Badja Road, between Countegany and Boggy Plain, monitor the conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens. If your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, travel west to Numeralla.
If you are in the area of Wandella, Tinpot and Murrabrine, monitor the changing conditions. Activate your bush fire survival plan. Know what you will do if the fire threatens. If your plan is to leave, leaving early is the safest option.
If you are in the area of Cobargo, monitor the conditions. Follow your bush fire survival plan, and 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.
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.
The next update on this fire will be issued by 31/12/2019 02:30 or if the situation changes.
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