Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

A bush fire is continuing to burn in the Bundarra area, west of Wearnes Road and north of Glenelg Road, 45 Kilometres south west of Inverell.

The fire has grown since yesterday and is now just over 2000 hectares in size but is being controlled. NSW RFS have advised the fire is moving in a south easterly direction towards Barraba Road, burning farmland but at this stage nor threatening any homes.

Firefighters are being assisted by heavy machinery and waterbombing aircraft as they work to contain the fire.

A public information point has been established at the Bundarra General Store on Bendemeer Street.

Locals in the area are urged to monitor conditions and stay up to date in case the situation changes. Rural Liaison Officers are meeting with local land owners close to the fire.

Smoke from this fire is expected to settle in a broad area including low lying parts of Tamworth and Manilla. If you have a respiratory condition which may be worsened by smoke, activate your health management plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions, such as staying indoors and closing windows. For advice, check NSW Health – Bush fire smoke and health.

If you are threatened by fire

  • If the fire impacts, seek shelter in a solid structure such as a house to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
  • Shelter in a room on the other side of the building from the approaching fire, and one that has water and a clear exit out of the house.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off air conditioners, keep water running if possible.
  • Monitor both inside and outside for small fires and burning embers.
  • Be careful outdoors after the fire has passed as trees can be unstable and fall.
  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000).

Other Information

Stay up to date on bush fires in your area by checking Fires Near Me, 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 Live Traffic NSW.

Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.

NSW RFS is expected to provide a further update this afternoon.

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