Bush fire update

Information about the bush fires burning in the Cessnock Local Government Area. 

Current Fire Situation -   12/6/2019

🔥🔥There are multiple fires burning in Yengo National Park area to the west of Paynes Crossing, Wollombi and Laguna areas. The Little L complex of fires to the west of these areas are over 43,350 hectares in size.

🔥🔥A fire is burning in the area of Corrabare, east of Wollombi. 

🔥🔥 A fire is burning in bushland south of Pelaw Main in the area of Leggetts Drive.

👉If you are in the area of Paynes Crossing, Wollombi and Laguna the fire is expected to reach this area this afternoon.If you are in this area, you are at risk. Seek shelter as the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

👉IIf you are in surrounding areas including Bucketty and Congewai, monitor conditions. Be ready to take action in case the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option.

👉If you are in the areas of Stockyard Creek, Quart Pot Creek, Yallambie and Blaxlands Arm, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens. If your plan is to leave, leaving early is the safest option.

👉 If you are in the area of Narone Creek or Congewai, monitor the conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens  

👉 If you are in the area of Averys Lane, Stanford Merthyr, monitor conditions. Know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Please visit NSW Rural Fire Service - Fires Near Me to monitor the fire situation or tune into ABC Radio.

Evacuation Centre

🏠 Cessnock Leagues Club - 1 Darwin Street, Cessnock. 

For a list of evacuation centres visit Disaster Assistance.

Road Closures 

🚧 Paynes Crossing Road from Broke to Wollombi is closed. This road is open to local residents only. 

🚧  Yango Creek Road and Stockyard Creek Road are closed. These roads are open to local residents only.

🚧 Great North Road from Wollombi to Bucketty is closed. This road is open to local residents only. 

🚧 Roads in Yengo National Park are closed.

Additional Information 

🏠 Well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety. Only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

🚙If you are not prepared, leave early.

❌If it's not safe to leave, take shelter in a solid structure when the fire front arrives. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. If you are caught in the path of the fire you may be injured or die. 

📞📱📻Continue to stay up to date by checking www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, Fires Near Me app, listening to ABC radio or by calling call the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).

⚠️ For information on road closures, please call the NSW RTA on 131 700 or check www.rta.nsw.gov.au.

🏠 For information on school closures visit https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety 

If your life is at risk, dial Triple Zero (000).