Rural Fire Service crews have contained a bushfire at Nelligen, while a Currowan bushfire is still out of control and has burnt more than 2500 hectares on Wednesday morning, November 27.
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8.40am, Wednesday, November 27: The Currowan State Forest bush fire alert level has been downgraded to advice. Fires Near Me said the bush fire has burnt more than 2,530 hectares and is not yet controlled.
The fire continues to burn in the remote area of the Currowan State Forest, Shallow Crossing State Forest, Bimberamala National Park to the west of the Clyde River. The fire is burning in a north easterly direction towards the area of Brooman. Overnight saw a reduction in fire activity and the immediate threat to properties ease. Burning embers may start spot fires ahead of the main firefront. If you are in the area of Brooman and Shallow Crossing, monitor conditions and take advice from firefighters in the area. If you are in the area of the Currowan State Forest, Shallow Crossing State Forest and Bimberamala National Park, watch out for smoke and embers.
The Nelligen bush fire at The River Road is under control and the alert level is advice. Eurobodalla RFS spokesman Marty Webster said today's focus for Eurobodalla Shire crews was to consolidate containment lines, mop up and "blacking out" - making sure remaining hot spots were fully extinguished. He said crews were out all night and were out there this morning. Crews were patrolling today and manning fire towers to spot any lightning strikes in the area, before conditions got worse.
"Rather than taking our foot off the pedal, we continue to go hard," he said.
He said conditions were "more benign" today and skies were clearer in the south.
7.40pm: RFS District Officer Ross Smith said the Currowan fire had spotted to the eastern side of the Clyde River, south of Brooman, but it is understood the water-bombing helicopter had extinguished that blaze. The fire remained confined west of the Clyde River. "We are waiting to get weather advice from the fireground to determine what crews would be deployed to do tonight," he said.
7.04pm: A staging area has been established at Brooman. The fire is still inaccessible to road vehicles. More resources from the Shoalhaven have been deployed. Five extra crews have been sent, Ross Smith, district office for the Rural Fire Service. Police warned a wind change shortly before 7pm made it too dangerous for Brooman residents to evacuate.
6.05pm: The Rural Fire Service says winds are too strong to deploy ground crews to fight sections of the Currowan fire west of the Clyde River near Shallow Crossing. "Our main focus is ensuring isolated rural properties on that area are notified of current conditions," a spokesman said.
"They could experience spotting up to 6km ahead of the main fire front." A helicopter is supporting ground crews. Shortly before 6pm, the wind was coming from the west at about 40km per hour. However it could swing from the south. "It may bring cooler conditions, but it may turn the flanks into the head of the fire and give a wider front," the spokesman said. Police have door-knocked isolated rural properties. Campers have been asked to leave the Shallow Crossing camp ground. Kioloa, Bawley Point, Lake Tabourie, Milton and Depot Beach brigades, and Shoalhaven crews are attending.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a Severe Weather Warning shortly before 5pm for damaging winds, with gusty westerly winds to hit the south-east.
5.10pm: Former firefighter Alan Hocking said flames could be seen clearly from the Big4 holiday park where he is staying at Nelligen. He commended the helicopter pilot who has been dropping water on the fire closest to Nelligen. Crews are fighting a much larger fire further north at Currowan which may threaten Shallow Crossing.
4.46pm: Fourteen appliances and two bulldozers are continuing to fight the blaze at River Road, Nelligen. This fire is being managed by Eurobodalla Fire Control. However, a second and much larger fire at River Road, Currowan s being managed by Shoalhaven Fire Conrol. A Eurobodalla Fire Control spokesperson said a water bombing helicopter was likely to be released from the Nelligen fire and sent to Currowan.
4.21pm: Just after 4pm a second Currowan fire was designated Watch and Act. Kioloa, Bawley Point, Lake Tabourie and Milton fire brigades are en-route to assist crews on the scene.
About 4pm wind gusts of 83km/h were recorded at Braidwood Racecourse Area Weather Station while Ulladulla Area Weather Station recorded gusts of 56km/h.
2.06pm: Eight RFS crews, plus National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Forestry fire crews are on scene. The RFS hopes to bring in a water-bombing helicopter. Varying weather, with winds coming from both north-west and north-east, is challenging firefighters.
No properties are under threat at this stage, crews report.
1.23pm: Rural Fire Services crews have rushed to a fire reported on River Road, Nelligen.
Crews from Nelligen, Long Beach, Durras and Batemans Bay brigades have been sent to the scene on the afternoon of November 26.
Firefighters from the National Parks and Wildlife Service are also attending.
Crews will be working to contain the blaze in hot and windy conditions.
It is understood the fire was reported shortly before 1pm.
More details as they come to hand.
Meanwhile, SES is on call with a warning of large hail and damaging winds for the area this afternoon.