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Yarrabin Fire Update - Kybeyan Valley 11/1/13

Community Update Newsletter
Friday 11 January 2013

This newsletter is from the RFS Cooma Fire Control Centre to inform residents about the Yarrabin Fire burning in the Kybeyan Valley and Cooma/Monaro area.

Background Information

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 controlled.  It has burnt out approximately 10,500 hectares in the Kybeyan Valley across Kybean Range including Dangelong Nature Reserve.

Current Situation

Fire fighters are today preparing for challenging conditions and work will focus on property protection in the Kybeyan Valley, Hains Road, Tuross River Road and Old Kybeayn Road areas.

The Brest Fire west of Shannon’s Flat is being controlled.  Fire crews will continue to work on this fire today.

People should expect to see increasing smoke from these fires today.

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 remains at  ‘Advice’.  'Advice' means - a fire had started.  There is no immediate danger.  People should stay up to date in case the situation changes.

Residents in the Nandawar, Kybeyan Station, Tuross Gap and Jibolaro 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. Most walking tracks in NSW National Parks are closed due to severe fire weather conditions.  This excludes The Kosciuszko Walk and The Main Range Walk in Kosciuszko National Park.  People are advised to check on park closures prior to travel.  Visit www.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.  The 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 from www.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.

Further Information

Cooma Rural Fire Service (02) 6455 0455
Facebook – Monaro Team Rural Fire Service
NSW RFS Bushfire Information Line 1800 679 737
Website: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

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