Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

Watch and Act - Grose Valley (Blue Mountains LGA)

Posted:21/12/2019 13:08

This fire in the Blue Mountains has spread from the Gospers Mountain fire, after crossing the Grose River. The fire is more than 2,000 hectares in size and is out of control.

Current Situation

Catastrophic Fire Danger is forecast for this fireground today, Saturday 21 December 2019. Conditions will be very dangerous due to high temperatures, strong and gusty winds and low humidity. This potential fire spread prediction map shows the communities that may come under threat from embers or fire fronts. Other areas surrounding the fire may still come under threat if conditions change such as forecasts, or fires breaking containment lines. Under catastrophic fire danger, your safest option is to leave bush fire prone areas early in the day.
Fire activity is increasing across the fireground.
The continues to burn north of Blackheath, north-east of Mount Victoria, and in the Hartley Vale area.
Easing conditions overnight allowed crews to conduct backburning operations west of Hat Hill Hill Road, Blackheath.
Today high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds from the west and northwest will see an increase in fire activity, which will move to the east, down the Grose Valley.
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 easing.
The Great Western Highway is closed in both directions.
If you are in the area of Hat Hill Road or Pulpit Rock, there may be increased fire activity, embers and smoke.
Embers can be blown ahead of the main fire front, starting spot fires that may threaten property in the area.
Mount Victoria, Mount York, Hartley Vale and the Darling Causeway

Fire continues to burn in the Mount York and Mount Victoria area.
Activate your bush fire survival plan.
If you plan to leave or you are not prepared, leaving early is the safest option.
Road Closures

Bells Line of Road is closed at the Skyline Road intersection.
Skyline Road is still closed until further notice.
Bells Line of Road is closed between Mountain Lagoon Road and Darling Causeway.
Darling Causeway is closed between Bells Line of Road and Station Street.
Chifley Road is closed between Bells Line of Road and Hartley Vale Road.
Wollombi Road is closed.
Due to operational activity there will be no access to Valley Ridges Road and Ghost Hill Road. These two roads will be reassessed today.
Putty Road is closed between south of Long Weeney Creek Trail and Milbrodale Road.
Comleroy Road is closed at Warrigal Road, Kurrajong.
Drift / State Mine Gully Road is closed.
Old Bells Line of Road / Clarence Road is closed.
Blackfellows Hands Trail is closed.
Check www.livetraffic.com for road information.
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.
Other Information

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