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Major Fire Updates

Advice - Moorebank Av, Holsworthy (Liverpool LGA) 2018-04-19 11:18

Posted: 2018-04-19 11:18

Firefighters have contained the bush fire in the Holsworthy and Menai area.

Current Situation

The fire burning in the vicinity of Holsworthy and Menai areas since Saturday has now been contained and has burnt more than 3,800 hectares.

Firefighters will continue to monitor and undertake regular patrols of the fire ground over coming days.

Smoke will continue to be visible from the area as unburnt bush, well within containment lines, continues to burn out. Smoke is also likely to settle over parts of the Sutherland Shire, Macarthur, Cumberland and Greater Sydney areas.

While the fire is at Advice level, residents need to keep themselves up to date by checking the NSW RFS website.

People in the area should follow instructions from emergency service personnel.

People should not enter fire affected areas due to the threat posed by falling trees and other hazards.

Advice

  • Residents in all areas should continue to monitor conditions and remain vigilant. Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and know what you and your family will do in the event that conditions change.

  • If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens your property.

  • Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.

Your health and smoke

Smoke from bush fires can affect some people more than others.

NSW Health reminds people that children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.

If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.

Asthma sufferers need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and take their relieving medication where necessary. If symptoms get worse, seek medical advice. Further advice is available from the Asthma Foundation website.

Here are some tips to stay safe during hazard reduction burning. - Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke from entering your home. - Remove washing from clotheslines. - Ensure pets have a protected area. - If you’re driving through a smoky area, slow down, keep your windows up and turn your headlights on. - Don’t call Triple Zero just to report that it’s smoky. Save Triple Zero for emergencies.

Other Information

  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
  • Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
  • For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.