Bush fire update

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

Fire Situation -   14 January


🔥🔥There are multiple fires burning in Yengo National Park area to the west of Wollombi and Laguna areas. The Little L complex of fires to the west of these areas are over 162,000 hectares in size.

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

Please visit NSW Rural Fire Service - Fires Near Me to monitor the fire situation or tune into ABC Local Radio 1233. 

Road Closures  

🚧 Roads in Yengo National Park are closed.

Community Recovery Information

Read the NSW Disaster Recovery Newsletter which aims to support you or anyone you know affected by the fires in Hunter, Greater Sydney and South Eastern NSW regions.

Find information on:
📌 Emergency temporary accommodation
📌 Replacing personal documents
📌 Animal welfare
📌 Clean up considerations
📌 Insurance
📌 Disaster Relief Grants

Read the latest news here.

  •  Grants of $15,000 are now available for bushfire-hit farmers and small businesses in the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Cessnock, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Singleton council areas. To apply for recovery grant, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au.
  • The NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services are providing assistance to fire affected landholders with emergency fodder and water, animal care, livestock or animal assessment, and where necessary euthanasia and burial. Producers can report stock losses and infrastructure damage, or request animal assessment, or emergency fodder or water for stock, by calling the Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647. People without phone access can send a direct message via the NSW Department of Primary Industries. For more information please see www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergencies/bushfires.
  •  Red Cross fundraising for the Bushfires has been so successful that they are offering people, who lost their homes, $5000 (per household).   It's a really simple online registration process. Visit www.redcross.org.au/grants for more information.

Bush Fire Generated Waste 

In an effort to provide assistance to residents who have suffered damage to their property as a result of the recent bush fires, Cessnock City Council has waived the fees to dispose of bush fire generated waste.  

For more information click here.

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).