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Fire burning south-west of Merriwa now at WATCH AND ACT


A fire burning south-west of Merriwa is now at WATCH AND ACT. 

The fire was burning at an Emergency level at around 3:30pm today but was downgraded due to easing conditions. 

It is still burning out of control and has now burnt more than 6,371 hectares.

As of 9:15pm the fire is burning to the south-west of Merriwa in the area of the Goulburn Rivers National Park. The NSW Rural Fire Service says the fire is burning in an north-easterly direction towards Merriwa.

While conditions have eased, there is still a threat to properties in the area.

The advice from the NSW RFS is:

  • If you are areas along the Merriwa River, including Pear Flat, Doyles Flat, Peach Tree Flat, Knights Flat, Mortals Hole and Cullingral Road, monitor conditions and seek shelter if the fire impacts.
  • If you are in the area south-west of Merriwa, leave towards Merriwa if the path is clear. This includes the areas around Leeds Road, Tunbridge Road, Possum Springs Road, Flight Springs Road and Leitch Road.
  • A relocation point is available at Merriwa RSL Club at 120-126 Bettington Street, Merriwa.

There are also multiple fires burning in the Yengo National Park area. 

One in the Singleton area near Wollombi has burnt through 1,200 hectares, is out of control and is currently at WATCH AND ACT.

The fire is burning to the west of Paynes Crossing, Laguna and Wollombi. The fire has spotted across Stockyard Creek trail.

  • Fire activity increased today due to strong west to north westerly winds on the fireground.
  • The fire is moving in an easterly direction towards the Great North Road and Stockyard Creek.
  • There are a number of other fires burning in the Yengo National Park including the Werong Creek fire and Blue Gum fire.

Advice from the NSW Rural Fire Service:

  • If you are in the area of Yengo, Wollombi and Laguna, if your plan is to leave or you're not prepared, leave now towards Cessnock.
  • If you are in the areas of Stockyard Creek or Paynes Crossing, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens. Leaving early is the safest option for your survival.
  • Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety. Only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.
  • If you are not prepared, leave early in the day.

Stay up to date at https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me