Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

Watch and Act - Kerry Ridge fire (Muswellbrook, Singleton and Mid-Western LGA)

Posted:21/12/2019 13:00

A bush fire is burning in the Wollemi National Park, Putty State Forest and Coricudgy State Forest. The fire is more than 93,000 hectares in size and is out of control.

Current Situation

Extreme Fire Danger is forecast for this fireground today. 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 Extreme fire danger, your safest option is to leave bush fire prone areas early in the day.

Fire activity has increased with strengthening winds across the fireground.

The fire is burning in an easterly direction.
A strong southerly change is forecast for later this evening.
The fire continues to burn in the Wollemi National Park, Putty State Forest, and Coricudgy State Forest.
The fire burning on multiple fronts in the areas of Howes Valley, Glen Davis and the Nullo Mountain State Forest.
The Paddock Run fire is burning to the south in the Kindarun area. These fires may merge over the coming days.
Conditions are expected to worsen again on Saturday.
Nerrango Road, Dunville Road, Coxs Creek Road and Glen Alice Road are closed.
The Oaky Creek and Kerry Ridge fires have joined near Nullo Mountain Road.

Do not be in the path of this fire.
If you are in the area of Olinda, Nullo Mountain and Bogee, continue to monitor the situation.
Check and follow your bush fire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens.
Leaving early is your 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.
Evacuation Centres

A community meeting point has been established at the Rystone Club, 31 Cox Street Rylstone. This has been established for those who have left their residence or can not return, with NSW Police in attendance to provide assistance should it be needed.
For a list of official evacuation centres visit Disaster Assistance.
People are encouraged to register online at Register Find Reunite before attending evacuation centres.
For a list of school closures visit Department of Education.
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 21/12/2019 15:00 or if the situation changes.

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