24 October 2009

Update: Red Ridge Trail Fire 7:00PM 24/10/09

There is a fire burning in the area of Red Ridge Fire Trail, approximately 10km south of Wentworth Falls. There is no property under threat.
The fire is burning in an easterly direction, away from Kings Tableland Road. There is currently no property under threat. The fire has burned approximately 540 hectares of bushland.
Generally under these conditions there is no immediate danger to your life and fires can be controlled. Spot fires can occur close to the main fire.
A Section 44 Declaration has been made for the Blue Mountains Local Government Area, and part of the Wollondilly Local Government Area (north of Lake Burragorang).
80 NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers and National Parks & Wildlife Service firefighters have progressed well with backburning operations along the Andersons Fire Trail. Crews will be mopping up and continue to work on containment lines throughout the night. The fire is not contained at this stage.
Fire crews will continue to work on containment lines tomorrow supported by aircraft to water bomb the eastern and southern edges of the fire and to assist remote area firefighters to work on containment lines.
Due to current fire activity Kings Tablelands Road has been closed at Queen Victoria Hospital. Closures within the southern side of Blue Mountains National Park include both Ingar & Murphy's Glen Picnic and Camping areas. Walking trails in the northern side of the Blue Mountains National Park remain open.
People with breathing illnesses should take precautions, such as staying indoors. Motorists driving through the Blue Mountains should exercise caution due to smoke in the area.
Weather Forecast
Sunday: Rain Periods. Temperatures reaching 20 degrees with SE winds.
Monday: Morning Rain. Maximum temperature 15 degrees. Humidity 60% with SE winds around 40kph.
Tuesday: Morning Rain. Temperature up to 15 degrees. Humidity 60% with S/SE winds around 25kph.

Specific Fire Information
Check that your Bush Fire Survival Plan is up-to-date. If you don't have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, ensure you know what you will do if the fire does threaten your property. If you plan to leave – leave early.
Watch and Act represents a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing; start taking action now to
protect you and your family.
Check the NSW Rural Fire Service website for regular updates about the fire.
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