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Advice - Currowan Fire (Shoalhaven LGA) 2019-12-08 20:04

Posted: 2019-12-08 20:04

A fire is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla. The fire is more than 78,000 hectares and is out of control.

Current Situation

  • The fire continues to progress in a northerly direction, predominately on the western side of the Princes Highway towards the Morton National Park. Fire activity on the eastern side on the Princes Highway has eased, however, active areas of fire continue to burn.
  • The fire has moved in a westerly direction towards Mongarlowe.
  • There is still some active fire in the areas around Benandarah, Windywoppa, Currowan and other areas on the northern side of the Kings Hwy.
  • The fire may occasionally flare up in areas of unburnt fuel around Lake Tabourie, Bawley Point, Kioloa, Pretty Beach, Pebbly Beach, Depot Beach, Durras North, and South Durras.
  • Crews are working to contain the spread of the fire.
  • There will be an increase in smoke in surrounding areas as backburning operations are conducted.
  • A number of buildings have been destroyed in the area. Building Impact Assessment teams will inspect the area when safe to do so.
  • The Princes Highway is closed between Burrill Lake and the Kings Highway turnoff.
  • The Kings Highway is closed between Nelligen and Forest River Road, Monga.


Mongarlowe, Myrtle Grove Road and Charleys Forest area.

  • Monitor conditions. Fire is increasing in the area.
  • Know what you will do if threatened by fire.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan. Leaving early is your safest option.

Woodburn Road, Wheelbarrow Road and areas to the west.

  • Monitor conditions, there is still active fire in the area.
  • Know what you will do if threatened by fire.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan. Leaving early is your safest option.

Kioloa, Bawley Point, Pretty Beach, Pebbly Beach, Depot Beach and Durras North area and Termeil and Flat Rock area.

  • Residents of Bawley Point and Kioloa who choose to return may know do so, but need to remain aware of conditions and be prepared to act decisively if circumstances change.
  • There are still significant hazards around Termeil, including falling trees and access to this area remains closed.
  • Monitor conditions, as there may be active fire in the area.
  • Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

South Durras area.

  • Durras Drive at Princes Hwy is closed to all traffic due to falling trees in the area. Every effort is being made to make the area safe to return to.

North Batemans Bay, Long Beach, Surfside, Maloneys Beach and Nelligen areas.

  • Residents who chose to relocate from these areas may return if they choose to do so.
  • Continue to monitor conditions.
  • Be ready to take action in case conditions change.
  • Follow your bush fire survival plan.

  • If you are in an area that has already been affected by fire, there may be small areas of active fire burning for some time. Be aware of the dangers of trees and branches falling.

If you are threatened by fire

  • Do not be in the path of the fire.
  • Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Wear protective clothing and footwear. Cover all exposed skin.
  • If the fire impacts, seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000).

Evacuation Centres

Other Information

  • Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking the NSW RFS website, listening to your local radio station, or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service has closed campgrounds in Murramarang National Park, as well as a number of national parks. Check for closures at NSW Parks and Wildlife Service.
  • For information on road closures, check Live Traffic NSW. Roads may be closed without warning.
  • Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.

The next update on this fire will be issued by 09/12/2019 11:00 or if the situation changes.