17 December 2009

[rfs-bluemountains-information] Community Newsletter Thursday 17-12-09 5:30pm

Information from Blue Mountains Fire Control Centre, Katoomba on Bush Fire Situation in the Blue Mountains Council area.

Issued at 1730hrs on 17th December 2009



Two fires started shortly after 3pm within the Blue Mountains National Park. The first fire is located in remote and rugged terrain 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.


Zobel Gully Fire

The fire is uncontained however there is currently no threat to properties. Water bombing aircraft continue to work the edges of the fire to slow its progression.


Atkinson Gully Fire

Water bombing aircraft have succeeded in extinguishing the active fire edge. Aircraft will continue to monitor the fire ground through to the evening. 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 is being monitored by aircraft.



Lower Blue Mountains Residents. There is currently a large fire in Londonderry (Devlin Road). To stay informed of current fire activity by monitoring local media and regularly checking for updates on the RFS website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by calling Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).


A Total Fire Ban remains in place for the Blue Mountains area until midnight tonight (18/12/2009). Temperatures are forecast to reach 39 degrees, Relative Humidly 18% and winds from the W/NW up to 50km/h. 


The fire danger rating will be severe.  A severe fire danger rating means fire can threaten suddenly and without warning. Your survival is the primary consideration in any decision to “Leave Early” or “Stay and Defend”.




While there is no immediate 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 your Bush Fire Survival Plan. 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).



Authorised by Incident Controller Supt. Tom Shirt, 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

Phone     02 4784 7444
Direct      02 4784 7419
Fax         02 4784 7461
Mobile    0414 822 159
Email: Paul.McGrath@rfs.nsw.gov.au

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