Bushfire Information Update | Everything You Need To Know

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Catastrophic fire danger rating in place today for the, Greater Sydney Region, Greater Hunter and Illawarra/Shoalhaven

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a State of Emergency. State-wide total fire ban remains in place

Temp: Max 38 Windy. Late cool change.


Sydney area

Areas of smoke haze in the early morning. Sunny day. Winds northerly 25 to 40 km/h ahead of a gusty southerly change 40 to 55 km/h in the evening, reaching up to 65 km/h along the coastal fringe.

A POOR Air Quality Forecast alert is issued by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

Smoke from fires in northern NSW is starting to settle in parts of the state including Sydney.

People are advised to only call 000 for fires, not smoke.

Over 450 schools are closed across the state




All persons residing within the areas affected by bush fires are reminded to register online with Register Find Reunite: https://register.redcross.org.au

If you require information about the current bush fires, please call the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

For general information and assistance please call the Public Information Inquiry Centre on 1800 227 228.

Stay up to date with all fire activity by monitoring https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

Listen to your local radio, and monitor the NSW Police Facebook site



Fire danger

We are facing an unprecedented level of bush fire danger. A catastrophic fire danger rating has been issued for the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Illawarra/Shoalhaven areas.

Catastrophic is the highest level of bush fire danger. Homes are not designed to withstand a fire in these conditions. Any fire that starts and takes hold will threaten lives and homes.


Stay up to date on fires in your area. People are urged to download the ‘Fires Near Me’ app:

Under these conditions, some fires may start and spread so quickly there is little time for a warning, so do not wait and see.

There are simply not enough fire trucks for every house. If you call for help, you may not get it.

Do not expect a firetruck. Do not expect a knock on the door. Do not expect a phone call.

What to do

Start taking action now to reduce your risk.

Avoid bush fire prone areas. If your home is in a bush fire prone area, the safest option is to not be there.

Do not travel through bushland areas.

A safer location may be a large town or city, shopping centres or facilities well away from bushland. It may also be a designated ‘Neighbourhood Safer Place’.

Your safest option will always be to leave early.

People with special needs, such as the elderly and people with a disability, should always leave before the threat of bush fire.

If it is unsafe to leave the area or stay and defend your property, and the path is clear, you should move to your pre-identified Neighbourhood Safer Place, or other safer location, prior to the impact of a bush fire.


Evacuation centres:

Evacuation Centres are in place throughout fire-affected areas of the state. The most up-to-date information is available at https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/Pages/for-the-community/disaster-assistance/disaster-assistance.aspx

The NSW Police Force keep their Facebook page up to date with evacuation centres that re open.


Motorists should delay all non-essential travel.

Many roads remain closed due to bush fires. Be prepared for conditions to change quickly and roads to close suddenly.

If you need to travel, also make sure you’ve got water, food, supplies and a full tank of fuel. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged before you set out.

For the latest information on public transport, check transportnsw.info or download a transport app or call 131 500.

NSW Health

If you’re preparing to leave, make sure you pack your medications, including those in the fridge.

Smoke can cause health problems, particularly for people with pre-existing lung and heart conditions like asthma, emphysema, angina or heart failure.

Avoid outdoor physical activity if it’s smoky, particularly if you have a pre-existing condition like asthma.

If you have asthma, make sure you keep your reliever medication close to hand.

Agriculture & Animal Services:

Include your animals in your bush fire plan.

If you can, take your animals with you. Assistance from AASFA is available if you attend an evacuation centre.

Sam Mangioni

11 November 2019

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