DISASTER STRIKES: Bush fire rips through Nymboida

SOCIAL MEDIA IMAGE DISCUSS USE WITH YOUR EDITOR - The bush fire near Nymboida about to cross Glens Creek Rd.
SOCIAL MEDIA IMAGE DISCUSS USE WITH YOUR EDITOR - The bush fire near Nymboida about to cross Glens Creek Rd. Contributed

UPDATE 10PM: There are unconfirmed reports that at least six houses in the Nymboida area and the Nymboida Canoe Centre have been destroyed by a bush fire burning out of control south of Grafton.

The NSW Rural Fire Service issued an Emergency Warning at 9.32pm for the Liberation Trail bush fire in the Clarence Valley region.

"The fire has burnt through the area of Nymboida, and is burning towards the area of Coutts Crossing," the warning message said.

"If you are in the Nymboida area, including the Armidale Road, Glens Creek Road and Frickers Road, seek shelter if the fire impacts on your property.

"If you are in the area of Coutts Crossing and you are not prepared, leave now towards Grafton."

One resident reported on social media that an SES member at Coutts Crossing had said "Nymboida Canoe Centre gone, Nymboida been smashed, houses gone".

 More to come.

Firefighters are bracing for another difficult day as winds across NSW ramp up. Picture Nathan Edwards
Firefighters are bracing for another difficult day as winds across NSW ramp up. Picture Nathan Edwards

UPDATE 7pm: FIRE activity across the state is "unprecedented" with 17 fires raging at emergency warning - a new record for NSW. 

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons in a video on the RFS twitter feed, thanked firefighters for their hard work in exceptionally adverse conditions.

In the Clarence Valley three fires are still at emergency warning and two at watch and act. Stay up to date using the Fires Near Me app or NSW RFS website. In an emergency call 000.  

EVACUATION CENTRE 

Anyone needing shelter from fires can go to Grafton Community Centre (Headspace) at 59 Duke St, Grafton. 

EMERGENCY WARNING

  • MUCK CREEK FIRE

The fire is burning in the area of Clouds Creek State Forest.

Fire activity is increasing under dangerous fire weather conditions.

The fire is spreading on several fronts. There are a number of properties along the Nymboida River. These properties may come under threat today.

If you are in this area, seek shelter as the fire impacts.

  • SCHULTZ ROAD

The fire is burning in the Ellis State Forest, north of Tyringham. The fire is spreading quickly due to strong and gusty winds.
The fire is burning in a south-easterly direction towards the area of Billys Creek.
If you are in the area of Billys Creek, seek shelter if the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire by sheltering in a solid structure.

  • LIBERATION TRAIL

The fire is burning in the Chaelundi State Forest and Marara State Forest, west of Nymbodia and south of the Boyd River.

The fire is spreading quickly in an easterly direction towards Nymbodia. Spot fires are starting ahead of the main fire front.

If you are in the Nymboida Area, including the Armidale Road, Glens Creek Rd and Frickers Rd, seek shelter as the fire approaches.

Watch out for spot fires which may start ahead of the main fire frontCheck and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

WATCH AND ACT

  • OLD GLEN INNES RD, NEWTON BOYD

A fire burning in the Newton Boyd area has crossed the Boyd River.

Over the coming days this fire may join the Liberation Trail fire.

Smoke and ash is present in Dalmorton, Buccurumby, Glens Creek and Nymboida.

If you are in area of Newton Boyd, monitor conditions and watch out for spot fires.

Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option.

  • WASHPOOL STATE FOREST, COOMBADJHA

The fire is burning in an easterly direction towards the Clarence River.

The fire is burning under the influence of strong north westerly winds. The fire is likely to spot across the Clarence Valley today.

Crews are patrolling the eastern side of the Clarence River.

If you are in the areas of Eighteen Mile, Fine Flower, Dumbudgery and Carnham, monitor conditions and be aware of embers ahead of the main firefront.

 

UPDATE 5pm: A NUMBER of fires on the NSW north coast are becoming "more intense" and "more dangerous". 

In a tweet, the NSW Rural Fire Service said some blazes are creating their own weather conditions.

In the Clarence Valley three fires remain at EMERGENCY WARNING at Muck Creek, Scultz Rd and Liberation Trail

Fires at Washpool State Forest and Old Glen Innes Rd are at Watch and Act

Residents in the area must stay up to date using the Fires Near Me app or the RFS website. In an emergency call 000. 

UPDATE 3.30pm: THREE fires in the Clarence Valley are at emergency warning and two at watch and act.

Keep up to date using the Fires Near Me app or the RFS website. In an emergency call 000. 

RFS EMERGENCY WARNING

There is a large number of fires burning across the north coast and northern NSW areas.
This includes fires in the areas of:

Tenterfield
Armidale
Clarence Valley
Port Macquarie
Nambucca
Kempsey and
Mid-Coast areas

A number of these fires are at EMERGENCY WARNING level.

These fires are very dangerous.

If you are near these fires, your life is at risk and you need to take action to protect your life.

Stay up to date on bush fires in your area through the NSW RFS website, the Fires Near Me NSW Smartphone application, local radio, and social media.

If you are near a fire at Emergency Warning level, take action now to protect your life.

If you are threatened by fire, seek shelter in a solid structure and protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
Remember - a safe location may be nearby, such as a well cleared area, a well prepared and defended property, or a Neighbourhood Safer Place.

Roads may be closed, or impacted by fire. Do not be caught in a car or on foot in a fire. Avoid travel to these areas.

Remember -

  • Stay up to date on fires in your area.
  • If you are threatened by fire, seek shelter and protect yourself from  the heat of the fire.
  • Do not be caught in a car or on foot in a fire.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero.
  • Regular updates are available on the NSW RFS website, through local radio, on the RFS Twitter and Facebook pages, and the Fires Near Me app.
     

EMERGENCY WARNING

MUCK CREEK FIRE

The fire is burning in the area of Clouds Creek State Forest. Fire activity is increasing under dangerous fire weather conditions.

The fire is spreading on several fronts. There are a number of properties along the Nymboida River. These properties may come under threat today.

If you are in this area, leaving early is your safest option. 

SCHULTZ ROAD 

The fire is burning in the Ellis State Forest, north of Tyringham. The fire is spreading quickly due to strong and gusty winds.

The fire is burning in a south-easterly direction towards the area of Billys Creek. 

If you are in the area of Billys Creek, seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire by sheltering in a solid structure.

LIBERATION TRAIL 

The fire is burning in the Chaelundi State Forest and Marara State Forest, west of Nymbodia and south of the Boyd River.

The fire is spreading quickly in an easterly direction towards Nymbodia.

Spot fires are starting ahead of the main fire front. If you are in the Nymboida area and your plan is to leave, leave now towards Grafton.

Watch out for spot fires which may start ahead of the main fire front. Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.

WATCH AND ACT

OLD GLEN INNES RD, NEWTON BOYD

A fire burning in the Newton Boyd area has crossed the Boyd River.

Over the coming days this fire may join the Liberation Trail fire.

Smoke and ash is present in Dalmorton, Buccurumby, Glens Creek and Nymboida.

If you are in area of Newton Boyd, monitor conditions and watch out for spot fires.

Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option.

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WASHPOOL STATE FOREST, COOMBADJHA

The fire is burning in an easterly direction towards the Clarence River.

The fire is burning under the influence of strong north westerly winds. The fire is likely to spot across the Clarence Valley today.

Crews are patrolling the eastern side of the Clarence River.

If you are in the areas of Eighteen Mile, Fine Flower, Dumbudgery and Carnham, monitor conditions and be aware of embers ahead of the main firefront.

EARLIER: RESIDENTS have been warned to remain alert with several bush fires out of control and countless threatening to flare up.

Rural Fire Service NSW public liaison officer Jonty Bruce said today's difficult conditions were making fires unpredictable.

"The whole environment is very hostile at the moment; it's dry, hot, windy… fires today are going to escalate very quickly and will move a lot faster, meaning there's little warning for people," he said.

"We're asking people who have received alerts or if they're in the vicinity of a fire that if they haven't already left, they should start moving now because it could be too late to leave soon."

Two evacuation and information centres have been set up in Grafton:

  • Hawthorne Park, South Grafton
         Cnr Ryan and Minden St, South Grafton
         For anyone with animals or caravans who wishes to camp
     
  • Headspace Grafton
         59 Duke Street, Grafton
         Information about the fires and a rest area for anyone who has evacuated.
        Please note: there is no RFS representation at this site

 

FIRE UPDATES

Liberation Trail and Old Glen Innes Rd Fires

Mr Bruce has advised that anyone living in the vicinity of Buccurumbi, Dalmorton or the Nymboida area to leave now and head to Grafton as it is expected these two fires will join as they continue to head in an easterly direction.

Muck Creek Fire

Any residents living in the vicinity of the Muck Creek fire are urged to leave now.

Washpool Fire

Residents living in surrounding areas of this fire, specifically Fine Flower, Carnham areas are advised to remain alert.

Colletts Crossing Fire

Wooli residents are advised to expect smoke and ash in the area. Although still classed as 'under control' residents must remain alert.

"With this weather it has the potential the flare up so we have a crew on the scene ready to act," Mr Bruce said.

 

Public Information and Inquiry Centre opens - Northern Rivers, Clarence Valley, Mid North Coast, and Manning Great Lakes Bushfires

The Public Information and Inquiry Centre (PIIC), has been opened to assist members of the public in relation to bush fire information for the Northern Rivers, Clarence Valley, Mid North Coast, and Manning Great Lakes areas.

The telephone number to call is 1800 227 228.

Members of the public are reminded to delay all non-essential travel in fire affected areas to assist emergency services.

Avoid dangers such as damaged powerlines and the possibility of asbestos in fire-damaged properties.

Monitor emergency websites, including www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, as well as your regular media news sources for updated advice and warnings



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