Information from Blue Mountains Fire Control Centre, Katoomba on Bush Fire Situation in the Blue Mountains Council area.
Issued at 1030hrs on 12th December 2009
NSW Rural Fire Service firefighters from Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and National Parks Wildlife Service will continue to strengthen containment lines for the Grose Valley fire, 5 kilometres west of Yarramundi on Kariwoga Ridge south of the Grose River. The fire has burnt approximately 40 hectares of bushland in remote and rugged terrain. The fire continues to burn uncontained, however there are no immediate threats to property.
Water bombing aircraft including the Air Crane will continue to work on the active edges of the fire to slow its progression. If conditions allow, remote area firefighters will be deployed to work on containment lines. Heavy earth moving equipment will continue to be used in the Springwood Ridge and Shaws Ridge area north of Winmalee to clear/clean tracks and consolidate containment lines.
While there is no immediate threat to property, people in the areas of Hawkesbury Heights, Bowen Mountain, Grose Vale, Grose Wold and Yarramundi should continue to monitor the situation. Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. In High fire danger conditions, terrain is more likely to affect fire behaviour than weather conditions, which may cause an increase in fire intensity.
Saturday 12/12/09 - Maximum Temperature 29 degrees, 24% Relative Humidity, winds from the W/NW turning SW later in the day 15Kph gusting to 20Kph. Fire Danger Rating High. In High fire danger conditions terrain is more likely to affect fire behaviour than weather conditions, which may cause an increase in fire intensity.
Sunday 13/12/09 – Mostly Fine. Chance of late shower. SE winds to 30Kph. Maximum Temperature about 30 degrees and Relative Humidity of 24%.
All walking trails in the 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 www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nationalparks
· 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).
Authorised by Incident Controller Supt. Karen Hodges, 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
Public Liaison Officer
Blue Mountains District
NSW Rural Fire Service
Emergency Services Centre
Cnr Bathurst Rd & Valley Rd
KATOOMBA NSW 2780
Phone 02 4784 7444
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