Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

EMERGENCY WARNING
EMERGENCY WARNING - Grose Valley (Blue Mountains LGA)

Posted:22/12/2019 10:55

This fire in the Blue Mountains has spread from the Gospers Mountain fire, after crossing the Grose River. The fire is more than 12,000 hectares in size and is out of control.

Current Situation

Fire activity has eased across the fireground.
The fire is burning through a number of valley systems towards homes in Hat Hills Road and areas of eastern Blackheath.
The continues to burn in the Blackheath area, north-east of Mount Victoria, and in the Hartley Vale area.
This fire spread out of the Gospers Mountain fire.
The fire has crossed the Grose River south of the Bells Line of Road and the Darling Causeway.
The fire is burning in the Grose Valley, south of the Grose River in the areas of Blackheath, Victoria Falls, Anvil Ridge and Perrys Lookout.
Advice

Blackheath

Fire activity is increasing.
If your plan is to leave, or you are not prepared, leave now towards Katoomba.
Hartley Vale

Fire activity is increasing in the area.
If you plan to leave or you are not prepared, leaving early is the safest option.
Mount Victoria

There is a reduced threat to the area.
Monitor the changing conditions. Know what you will do if the fire approaches.
If you plan to leave or you are not prepared, leaving early is the safest option.
Mount York

Fire continues to burn in the area.
Activate your bush fire survival plan.
If you plan to leave or you are not prepared, leaving early is the safest option.
If you are threatened by fire

Do not be in the path of the fire.
Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Wear protective clothing and footwear. Cover all exposed skin.
If the fire impacts, seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000).
If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.
Neighbourhood Safer Places

A neighbourhood safer place is a place of last resort.
They are to be used when all other options in your bush fire survival plan cannot be put into action safely.
The conditions at a neighbourhood safer place may be uncomfortable and you may be affected by heat, smoke and embers.
Nearby safer locations include:
Blackheath Oval - Leichardt Street, Blackheath
The Garden - 267 Great Western Highway, Blackheath
Other Information

Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking the NSW RFS website, listening to your local radio station, or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
People with respiratory conditions who are affected by bush fire smoke should activate their health management plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions, such as staying indoors and closing windows.
For information on road closures, check Live Traffic NSW. Roads may be closed without warning.
Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.
The next update on this fire will be issued by 22/12/2019 11:30 or if the situation changes.

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