AIR ATTACK: The NSW Rural Fire Service used a number of different aviation attacks to fight the Gulf Road Fire and assist ground crews to maintain containment lines and protect life and property.
AIR ATTACK: The NSW Rural Fire Service used a number of different aviation attacks to fight the Gulf Road Fire and assist ground crews to maintain containment lines and protect life and property. NSW Rural Fire Service

EMERGENCY: Residents warned it's too late to leave

UPDATE 5.03pm: THE Gulf Road fire remains at emergency warning and has burnt more than 9655ha.

The fire is moving in a north easterly direction in the Torrington State Forest, towards Silent Grove, Maids Valley and Mole River.

Crews are working to slow the progress of the fires with the assistance of heavy plant.

Smoke and embers are creating spot fires ahead of the main fire front, These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.

Total Fire Bans are in place tonight and into tomorrow and winds are expected to strengthen across the afternoon.

If you are in the areas of Silent Grove, Maids Valley and Mole River, it is too late to leave. Shelter in place as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

Only well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.

Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.

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.

For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.

 

UPDATE 3.40pm: FIREFIGHTERS are advising residents it is too late to leave the areas of Silent Grove, Maids Valley and Mole River as  the Gulf Road Fire has been upgraded to Emergency Warning.

Residents should shelter in place.


Current Situation
The fire is moving in a north easterly direction in the Torrington State Forest, towards Silent Grove, Maids Valley and Mole River.

Smoke and embers are creating spot fires ahead of the main fire front.

These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.

Total Fire Bans are in place and winds are expected to strengthen across the afternoon.

Advice

If you are in the areas of Silent Grove, Maids Valley and Mole River, it is too late to leave.

Shelter in place as the fire approaches.

Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

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

Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.

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.
• For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.
The next update on this fire will be issued by 07/11/2019 16:00 or if the situation changes.

 

UPDATE 1.55pm: THE Gulf Road Fire at Torrington, 61km west of Tenterfield, has been upgraded to Watch and Act.

The RFS said there has been an increase of fire activity.

The fire is moving in a north easterly direction towards Silent Grove and Maids Valley.

Total Fire Bans are in place and winds are expected to strengthen across the day.

Smoke and embers may affect people in the area of Mole River.

Advice

Monitor conditions in your area.

Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option.

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.
For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.

 

Original story: AN OUT-of-control bushfire sparked by a suspected lightning strike a few days ago is being pushed by strong winds and is heading east towards a town near Tenterfield.

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A Rural Fire Service spokeswoman said the Gulf Rd bushfire was burning in the Gulf Road, Torrington area and was already more than 4000ha in size.

"Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the fire is heading towards in a north-easterly direction towards the town of Silent Grove," she said.

"There's a Total Fire Ban in place and winds are expected to strengthen across the day, so if the fire takes a significant run we will up the level to Watch and Act."

The RFS said smoke and embers may affect people in the area of Mole River.

The spokeswoman said the fire began on October 27 and was caused by a suspected lightning strike.

She said due to the rugged and often inaccessible terrain, firefighting aircraft are taking a key role in their effort to contain the fire.

"Currently the RFS has 20 crews on the ground assisted by heavy plant machinery and water-bombing aircraft," she said,

"We have a combination of local crews and crews from RFS, Forestry and National Parks, Fire & Rescue and firefighters from other stated in the Incident Management Team at Glen Innes as in the field."

The RFS remind residents to monitor conditions in your area.

Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan.

If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option.

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.

For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.

As of 10am on Thursday, the RFS reported 66 bush and grass fires burning across NSW, with 19 yet to be contained.

With seven total fire bans and increased fire danger across the state, review your bush fire survival plan and know what you will do if fire threatens.


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