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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

More to come, yet..

An RFS interactive Map:,150.922433&sspn=1.739179,2.469177&ie=UTF8&t=m&ll=-32.75825,146.7235&spn=7.2915,13.2388

A Total Fire Ban is in effect for tomorrow as well.
Check out this RFS map.
 Area 9: Southern Ranges
.Update- Late night Tuesday * January
Dean Gap Fire - Wandandian
The following information has come from the RFS website.
Deans Gap (Wandandian area, south from Nowra)
ALERT LEVEL: Emergency Warning
LOCATION: Fire has reached both sides of the Princes Hwy. Fire is heading towards the Sussex Inlet rd area with 3 strike teams in that area. Significant amount of fire is now burning on East side of Princess hwy through to the 132kv power lines.
COUNCIL AREA: Shoalhaven
STATUS: Out of Control
TYPE: Bush/Scrub fire
SIZE: 1515 ha
MAJOR FIRE UPDATE AS AT 8 Jan 2013 22:10: A bush fire  burning approximately 1.5km to the west of Wandandian in the Deans Gap area has burnt through 1,515 hectares. more
UPDATED: 8 Jan 2013 21:52
An emergency warning is in place for the following areas: 

A large bush fire is burning out of control.
The fire is burning in Very High fire danger conditions and is currently between two and six hours from properties.
The fire is currently over 1500ha in size, and has now crossed the Princes Highway. Based on current weather predictions the southerly change is expected to reach the area soon.

The southerly change will cause the fire to head in a northerly direction and impact on Sussex Inlet Road within the next few hours.  It is too late for residents on Sussex Inlet Road to leave the area.

There are a number of firefighters working from the road and conditions are not safe to travel.
Rural Fire Service and Fire Rescue New South Wales firefighters are strategically deployed along the Sussex Inlet Road protecting properties.

The southerly change will bring cooler conditions however, the threat to property will remain.
The Princes Highway remains closed at Bendalong Road in the south and Wandean Road in the north.  It is too late for people to leave the area.

Evacuation Centres are open in Sussex Inlet at the Bowling Club and the RSL. The RSL is capable of taking people with pets while the Bowling Club is not. These centres are open for people who have relocated due to the fire. At this stage there are no evacuation orders in place.

The following roads are also closed:  Braidwood Road, Turpentine Road, Wandean Road and Twelve Mile Road
  • Do not wait. Act now to protect you and your family.
  • Homes are not designed or constructed to withstand fire in these conditions. Even if your home is specially designed, constructed or modified to withstand a fire and is properly prepared, it may not offer safety from the fire.
  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. If you are caught in the path of the fire, you may die or be injured.
  • Updates on this fire, Bush Fire Survival Plans, details of Neighbourhood Safer Places and the latest reports can be found on the NSW RFS webpage or by calling call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).
Further information
  • People are asked not to call ‘000’ to report smoke in the area – please only call ‘000’if you can see a fire without fire fighters in attendance or if your life is directly threatened.
  • For information on road conditions or closures, please call the NSW RTA on 131 700 or check Remember roads may be closed without warning.
  • For information on closures of National Parks associated with this fire, please visit

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