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Sun. Jun 16th, 2024

The Wearnes Road bushfire in the Bundarra area, 45k’s South West of Inverell, is still burning but is well controlled with light rain overnight assisting the efforts of the NSW RFS.

The fire is west of Wearnes Road and north of Glenelg Road, currently 2177 hectares in size and is being controlled.

Activity across the large fireground is minimal and the end is in sight, with the fire now burning behind identified containment lines, and light rain falling across the fireground overnight further reducing fire activity.

Firefighters will continue to patrol containment lines and strengthen them and over coming days, with more favourable weather to aid their efforts.

In the area? Here’s what you need to do

  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • 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.
  • This means looking out for burning embers, changes in wind direction and smoke. Watch for signs of fire in your area.
  • Know what you will do if the fire impacts on where you are. Identify a safer location in case the situation changes. This may include a well cleared area or a solid structure such as a home.

Smoke

  • 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.
  • If you have a respiratory condition and may be affected by smoke, activate your health management plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions, such as staying indoors and closing windows.
  • For information on road closures, check Live Traffic NSW.
  • Monitor weather conditions and weather warnings at Bureau of Meteorology.

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