Light rain yesterday (Monday, December 2) at the the Meads Creek West fire (in the Goulburn River National Park, north of Bylong) has resulted in a significant reduction of fire activity and threat to properties.
Volunteer firefighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS), along with firefighters from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), continue to work at the fireground.
Backburning operations were conducted along Ringwood Road (Wollara Road) yesterday and will continue again today (should conditions allow). Residents and landholders in the area may notice an increase in smoke as a result.
A Community Meeting was held in Merriwa yesterday and was well attended by local residents.
Strong gusty winds and increasing temperatures are forecast later into the week, which will likely see an increase in fire activity once again. Rural properties in the vicinity of Tunbridge Road and Cullingral Road (including Duggan Road and Merriwa River Trail) in the east and Ringwood Road (Wollara Road) in the north-east may come under threat.
The RFS advise to check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan, if your plan is to leave or you are not well prepared, leave well ahead of a fire threatening. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes, remembering that leaving early is your safest option.
- Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking 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.
- Ringwood (Wollara) Road remains closed. For information on road conditions or closures, please call the NSW RMS on 131 700 or check www.livetraffic.com. For information on local closures, visit the Mid-Western Regional Council (www.midwestern.nsw.gov.au) or Upper Hunter Shire (www.upperhunter.nsw.gov.au) websites. Remember roads may be closed without warning.
For information on closures of National Parks associated with this fire, please visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts