Fires - 2ST

Fires flare up in the Shoalhaven

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Fires being fanned by the strong wind sweeping through the Shoalhaven are causing some concern.

Rural Fire Service District Officer BRAD COLLINS says they're focusing on three blazes.. one west of Ulladulla, another off Braidwood Road and the other at Lemontree Creek. "The one that we're most concerned about at the moment is the one just west of Ulladulla, just behind the industrial estate down there. Crews are having trouble gaining access to that fire at the moment, so we've requested heavy machinery to come in and assist with containment of that fire."

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Fires still burning

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Still a number of fires burning in the Shoalhaven this morning however most are under control.

The outbreaks of most concern remain Braidwood Road at Yerriyong which covers around 85 hectares and is being controlled.

The other is 36 hectares on Kings Point Drive at Ulladulla which is also being controlled and at advice level.

A helicopter will be dropping water on the Ulladulla blaze, with a decision pending on the Yerriyong fire.

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Shoalhaven RFS says roads are open and no properties are threatened.

Shoalhaven fires at Advice level

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Crews have been called in from out of area over night to help with some of the fires burning in the Shoalhaven.

Around 78 hectares are on fire on Kings Point Drive at Ulladulla and crews from Lake George, Illawarra and the far south assisted.

While crews from Illawarra helped out overnight with the YERRIYONG fire on Braidwood Road.

JOSHUA GREGORY from the Shoalhaven RFS says the wind is still a problem..."Overnight conditions did increase the danger due to the high winds. So crews were mindful of falling trees across all our fire grounds."

Photo source: RFS Facebook page

West Nowra bushfires deliberately lit

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Police are appealing for information after two fires were deliberately lit in the Nowra area.

About 5pm on Tuesday 15 September 2020, NSW Rural Fire Service attended Depot Road, West Nowra, to extinguish three grass fires.

A second fire was extinguished behind the treatment works on Filter Road, West Nowra about 10.30am today, Wednesday 16 September 2020.

Officers from South Coast Police District commenced inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the fires.

Initial inquiries suggest the fires were deliberately lit.

Anyone with information, or who may have been in the area at the time of the fires, is urged to contact South Coast Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Inquiries are continuing.

 

IMAGE CREDIT: NSW RFS Shoalhaven