Fire north of Mount George on Watch and Act

 Nowendoc Road near Mount George. Photo: Alice Siecker
Nowendoc Road near Mount George. Photo: Alice Siecker

Just after 4pm today (Tuesday, November 19) the NSW RFS updated the status of the fire north west of Taree to Watch and Act with a fire activity increasing in the Mount George area.

Now known as the Rumba Complex fire, it is the combination of the Bretti fire which came from north of Gloucester; the Tapin Tops fire north Wingham and the Mount George fire.

Hot, dry winds has caused the elevated status, with fire activity increasing in the area of Mount George this afternoon.

The NSW RFS advise if you are in the area of Mount George, monitor conditions and take advice from firefighters in the area.

According to the NSW RFS Fires Near Me site, a number of fires are burning in the areas of Killabakh, Upper Lansdowne, Central Lansdowne, Gulgong, Elands, Little Run Creek, Wherrol Flat (Knodingbul Road), and in the area of Mares Run, Dodds Road and Kings Road (Thunderbolts Way).

"The fire is more than 80,000 hectares in size and is being controlled," the site states.

Currently the fires are burning north of the Manning River and along the Thunderbolts Way.

The fire stretches from Nowendoc to north of Wingham in the Elands and Upper Lansdowne area.

Firefighters continue working to protect properties and establish containment lines.

NSW RFS advise that if you are in the areas of Killabakh, Upper Lansdowne, Central Lansdowne, Gulgong, Elands, Little Run Creek, Wherrol Flat (Knodingbul Road), and in the area of Mares Run, Dodds Road and Kings Road (Thunderbolts Way), you should continue to monitor conditions.

Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

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.

Other Information

People are encouraged to register online at Register Find Reunite https://register.redcross.org.au/ before attending evacuation centres.

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.

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

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