Rolling coverage of Cooma district fire threats

FRIDAY

2:39PM: The warning for the Yarrabin fire arrea, has just been increased to 'Watch and Act", due to the current hot windy conditions. This means that there is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and people need to start taking action now to protect themselves and their property.

10:26AM: Latest RFS update

Update Yarrabin fire 930hrs - 11/1/13

Overnight fire conditions remained stable, with fire crews continuing to mop up, black out and monitor fire conditions. 

The fire front is approximately 20 kilometers east of Cooma and is being contr

olled. It has burnt out approximately 10,500 hectares in the Kybeyan Valley across Kybean Range including Dangelong Nature Reserve.Fire fighters today are preparing for challenging conditions and work will focus on property protection in the Kybeyan Valley, Hains Road, Tuross River Road and Dangelong areas. A severe weather warning has seen a Total Fire Ban issued for NSW & ACT, with high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds predicted for the next 48 hrs.The fire weather warning has been increased to a ‘Watch & Act’, meaning that there is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and people need to start taking action now to protect themselves and their property.Residents in the Nimmitabel, Steeple Flat and Brown Mountain areas are advised to prepare for this by activating their Bushfire Survival Plans and moving stock to safe areas such as ploughed or heavily grazed paddocks. People should also be aware that there may be significant smoke in the area, and there may be some restricted access along local roads.Several national parks are also closed due to fires. All walking tracks in all NSW National Parks are closed until at least Monday due to severe fire weather conditions. People are advised to check on park closures prior to travel. Visitwww.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au or call the parks line on 1300 361 967.Please contact the RFS Cooma Fire Control Centre on 02 6455 0455 for further information. To report further fire sightings call 000.BE PREPARED•‘Watch & Act’ – there is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.•Be aware that access may be restricted to some local roads in the area. Tuross-Kybeyan road currently has restricted access.•Know what you will do if fire threatens your property. If you don’t already have one, download a Bushfire Survival Plan fromwww.rfs.nsw.gov.au•If you plan to leave, leave early. Stay informed about current fire conditions in your local area via radio, RFS website or call the NSW RFS Bushfire Information Line on 1800 679 737.•It is important that you make arrangements now for what you will do with your stock or animals in the event of evacuation orders.

THURSDAY

8PM: Crews have been working throughout the day to mop up, black out and monitor the fire in preparation for the change in weather conditions predicted for the next 48 hours. 

One hundred and ten personnel have been working on the fire ground with 30 people involved in the incident management team at Cooma Fire Control Centre.

Twenty two tankers are on the fire ground and 20 tankers and crew are awaiting shift change at 'Nandawar' staging area for tonight's work.

A total fire ban is in place for tomorrow with increased temperatures, low humidity and stong winds predicted for the next 48 hours.

Tonight, fire crews will focus on the protection of rural properties in the Kybeyan Station and Kybeyan Valley areas in the east and Yarrabin and Sunny Corner areas in the west. People requiring more information should contact the RFS Cooma Fire Control on 6455 0455.

5:07PM: About 140 community members turned out to a community meeting at Nimmitabel Town Hall this afternoon to hear up to date information about the fire.

Confirmation that about 400 sheep at a property in the Kybeyan valley have been lost. 

1:05PM: A significant focus today for fire crews will be on preparing for the predicted change in weather conditions.

1:04PM: Residents in the Nimmitabel, Steeple Flat and Brown Mountain areas are advised to prepare for the predicted change in wind by activating their Bushfire Survival Plans and moving stock to safe areas such as ploughed or heavily grazed paddocks.  People should also be aware that there may be significant smoke in the area.

12:59PM: While the fire was downgraded overnight to a fire warning, the RFS is reminding people to be vigilant and prepared as high temperatures combined with strong winds are predicted over the coming days.

12:54PM: The fire front is moving in a NE direction towards Countegany. Residents are being advised to prepare their Bushfire Survival Plans. 

The wind is predicted to change to the north west during the next 24 hours. Combined with higher temperatures and stronger gusts of up to 60km/h will see the fire front change to a south easterly direction. 

12:43PM: RFS Crews are continuing to work today to mop up, black out edges and monitor fire conditions ahead of warmer weather and high winds predicted for Friday and Saturday.

11:33AM: Monaro RFS has advised residents that a 5 hectare fire burning on the Brest Fire Trail north east of Ashvale and west of Shannons Flat is currently being contained by fire crews.  There will be smoke in the vicinity. Aerial monitoring has confirmed that there are no other fires in that area.

11:31AM: More than 52 firefighters are working to establish containment lines around the fire, ahead of warmer weather conditions predicted for Friday and Saturday.

11:27AM: The Monaro RFS says although the fire is still burning in the Kybean Valley, it has remained stable overnight within containment lines, and is currently being controlled. Crews contine to work today to mop up, black out edges and monitor fire conditions.

Cooler overnight temperatures has seen a downgrade in the fire warning, however people are advised to remain alert as temperatures combined with strong winds are predicted for the next few days.

A community meeting will be held at 2pm today at the Nimmitabel Town Hall, to inform and update residents. Everyone is encouraged to attend. 

For further information call RFS Fire Control at Cooma on 02 64550455.

6:26AM:Latest RFS update...

The fire front is now approximately 20 kilometres east of Cooma.

This fire is currently burning through the Kybeyan Valley area. At this stage there is limited access to Tuross River Road.

The fire has burnt through approximately 9,400 hectares of bush and grass land so far.

Fire crews are working to establish containment lines around the fire, ahead of warmer weather conditions predicted for Friday and Saturday.

A community meeting was held at Numeralla yesterday with 126 local residents attending to be briefed on the current fire situation. A community meeting is planned to be held at Nimmitabel today. Time and venue will be confirmed during the morning.

WEDNESDAY

4:08AM: Latest RFS update...

The fire is burning in the Kybeyan Valley, west of Tuross River Road. People in the Kybeyan Valley area should seek shelter as the fire impacts. Police have been doork-knocking homes in the area to advise them of the risk.

The fire is likely to move towards the Dangelong, Numeralla and Countegany areas throughout today, under predicted weather conditions. People in these areas should stay aware of the fire activity.

Two Emergency Alert Telephone Warning messages have been sent to residents in the Mount Forest Road and Kybeyan Valley areas. Firefighters have been working to protect local properties in the area and minimise fire spread by containing spot overs

TUESDAY

10:25PM: Latest information from NSWRFS website:

The fire is burning in  the Kybeyan Valley, west of Tuross River Road and is currently impacting on properties in The Avenue, Hains Road and Warnocks Road, Kybeyan Valley.

People in the Kybeyan Valley area should seek shelter as the fire impacts. Police have been doorknocking homes in the area to advise them of the risk.

The fire is likely to move towards the Dangelong, Numeralla and Countegany areas following a southerly wind change expected to move through the area over the coming hours. People in these areas should stay aware of the fire activity.

Two Emergency Alert Telephone Warning messages have been sent to residents in the Mount Forest Road and Kybeyan Valley areas. 

Firefighters have been working to protect local properties in the area throughout the afternoon.

3:50PM: The fire is likely to move towards the Dangelong, Numeralla and Countegany areas following a southerly wind change this afternoon. The NSWRFS advises people in these areas should stay aware of the fire activity.

3:47PM: Severe weather warning for damaging winds issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 2.28pm for the Illawarra, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts. 

Damaging northwesterly winds near and ahead of a south to southwesterly change over the southern ranges and adjacent districts, .

Damaging winds around 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are forecast for the Southern Tablelands and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts and parts of the Illawarra, South West Slopes and Snowy Mountains forecast districts, with gusts of up to 110 km/h possible around the Alpine peaks.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 

Move vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony, and keep clear of fallen power lines.

3:15PM: The rain didn't last long and has finished. 

3:08PM: It's raining in Cooma.

1:29PM: A team of firefighters from the ACT have been sent to Cooma to help with extinguishing a fire near Cooma. The ACT Fire & Rescue crews are part of a Queanbeyan based Fire Rescue NSW taskforce deployed to the Numeralla fire. The ACT resources include an urban fire pumper, water tanker and Commander.

1:17PM: The fire is burning in a south easterly direction and has crossed over the Numeralla River. It is travelling towards the Kybean Valley and is currently impacting on properties in The Avenue; Hains Road and Warnocks Road Kybean Valley.

11:24AM: NSWRFS advising people in the Kybean Valley area should seek shelter if the fire impacts and to leave only if it is safe to do so.

11:07AM: It is now too late for people in the Kybean Valley to leave. They are advised to shelter in place as the fire impacts.

Police are doorknocking homes in the area to advise them of the risk.

The NSWRFS advises that people in the Dangelong, Numeralla and Countegany areas should expect to be affected by smoke and embers. People in this area should stay aware of the fire activity.

10:29AM: The NSWRFS is advising people in the Kybean Valley area to leave now and go to Nimmitabel township immediately.

The bush fire burning near the Mount Forest Road, Carlaminda area is burning in a south easterly direction and has crossed over the Numeralla River in the direction of the Kybean Valley. It is expected to reach the Kybeyan area by about 2pm. 

Police are doorknocking homes in the area to advise them of the risk.

Two Emergency Alert Telephone Warning messages have been sent to residents in the Mount Forest Road and Kybean Valley areas.

10:01AM: Firefighters are continuing to work to protect properties in the Mount Forest Road Carlaminda area. It is now too late to leave. People in the area of Mount Forest Road, Carlaminda should shelter in place as the fire impacts.

9:37AM: NSWRFS says the bush fire burning in the Mount Forest Road Carlaminda area is currently impacting on properties in the area. It is now too late to leave. People in the area of Mount Forest Road Carlaminda should shelter in place as the fire impacts. An Emergency Alert Telephone Warning message has been sent to residents in the area.

9:17AM: NSWRFS has raised the classification of the Yarrabin Fire to "Emergency Warning."

People in the area of Mount Forest Road Carlaminda should seek shelter as the fire impacts.  Protect yourself from the radiant heat.

If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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