Information from Blue Mountains Fire Control Centre, Katoomba on Bush Fire Situation in the Blue Mountains City Council area.
Issued at 1500hrs on 18th December 2009
NSW Rural Fire Service, National Park & Wildlife Service and ACT fire fighters are attending to a number of fires in remote and rugged terrain within the Blue Mountains National Park started by lightning shortly after 3pm yesterday. The fires are contained and there is currently no threat to property.
The first fire is located south west of Mt Caley approximately 7kms south of Mt Tomah in Zobel Gully. The second fire is located 3kms north west of the Grose Head South Fire, north of the Grose River in Atkinson Gully. The third fire is located 6kms south east of Berambing on the southern side of the Grose River at Kolonga Walls. The fourth fire 5 kilometres west of Yarramundi on Kariwoga Ridge at Grose Head South.
Today’s inclement weather has prevented the use of water bombing aircraft accessing the fires. Remote Area Firefighting Crews have been deployed to Zobel Gully to strengthen containment lines and mop-up the edges of the fire ground. Light showers and drizzle have fallen across the fire ground and will assist firefighting operations at Zobel Gully.
Zobel Gully Fire
The fire has burnt approximately 2ha of bushland. Remote Area Firefighting Crews will be deployed today to continue with mopping up along the burnt edge. Currently there is no active fire along the edge of the fire ground.
Kolonga Walls Fire
The fire has burnt approximately 3ha of bushland. When weather conditions allow, Remote Area Firefighting Crews will be deployed to mop up along the burnt edge of the fire ground assisted by water bombing aircraft.
Atkinson Gully Fire
Yesterday, water bombing aircraft succeeded in extinguishing the active fire edge. Aircraft will continue to monitor the fire ground and Remote Area Firefighting Crews will be deployed to patrol the edges of the fire ground, when weather conditions allow. There is currently no threat to property.
Grose Head South Fire
The fire is now contained and there is no threat to property. The fire has burnt approximately 80 hectares of bushland and, when weather conditions allow, Remote Area Firefighting Crews will be deployed to mop up along the burnt edge of the fire ground assisted by water bombing aircraft.
While there is no current threat to property, residents in the areas of Linden, Faulconbridge, Springwood, Valley Heights, Hawkesbury Heights, Bowen Mountain, Grose Vale, Grose Wold, Winmalee and Yarramundi should continue to monitor the situation. Residents should remain vigilant and follow their Bush Fire Survival Plan.
Tom Hunter Park, Faulconbridge
The air operations will continue to be operated from Tom Hunter Park on Hunter Way, Faulconbridge. Residents around the park area will see aircraft and support vehicle movements around the area throughout today and the next few days. Tom Hunter Park will remain closed until further notice.
Closures of Walking Trails in the Blue Mountains National Park
All walking trails at Springwood Ridge, Blue Gum Swamp and Shaws Ridge north of Winmalee will remain closed until further notice. For further information on National Park Closures go to the National Parks & Wildlife Service website:
Bush Fire Survival Plan
It is your responsibility to prepare yourself, your family and your home for the threat of bush fire. You need to make the decision to either Leave Early or Stay and Defend. Regardless of your decision you must prepare your property to give you, your family and your home the best chance of survival. For information on obtaining and preparing a Bush Fire Survival Plan go to the RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by calling call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).
Unless fire conditions substantially change this will be the final Community Newsletter.
· Updates on this fire and the current and the Fire Danger Rating in your area are available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by calling call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).
· For information on Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
· For information in relation to bush fire hazards and preparing your property contact your local Rural Fire Brigade Station or your local NSW RFS Fire Control Centre.
· If you need to report a new fire or require urgent assistance, dial Triple Zero (000).
PREPARE. ACT. SURVIVE.
Authorised by Deputy Incident Controller. Paul Godfrey, Blue Mountains Fire Control Centre. Issued by the
Incident Management Team on behalf of the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service
Inspector Paul McGrath
Learning & Development Officer
Blue Mountains District
NSW Rural Fire Service
Emergency Services Centre
Cnr Bathurst Rd & Valley Rd
KATOOMBA NSW 2780
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