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Updated, 10pm, Wednesday November 13:  The fire burning to the west of Tabulam continues to burn on the northern and western edge.

It is spreading in bushland near Sugarbag Road and properties are under threat.

Firefighters continue to work in the area in an effort to slow the spread of the fire.

Advice as at 10pm

If you are in the area of Sugarbag Road, it is too late to leave. Seek shelter if the fire impacts on your property or location. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

If you are in the area of Old Bruxner Road, Paddys Flat Road or Tabulam, continue to monitor the situation. Ensure you know what you will do if the situation changes.

Bruxner Highway is closed between Tambulam Road and Bruxner Road.

An evacuation centre is being set up at Bonalbo Bowling Club on Woodenbong Road.

A number of schools will be closed on Thursday including Tabulam Public School and Drake Public School.

The Bruxner Highway is now closed in both directions between Tabulam and Tenterfield.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Motorists can consider using the New England Highway, the Gwydir Highway and Summerland Way as an alternative route.

Emergency services and traffic crews remain on site.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution and follow directions of emergency services and traffic crews as conditions can change quickly.

For the latest traffic information, visit www.livetraffic.com.

Updated, 2pm, Wednesday November 13: There is an increase in fire activity across the western edge of the Bruxner Highway fire this afternoon, with more than 2,700 hectares burnt out in the last 48 hours.

Strengthening winds are pushing the fire across the Timbarra River in the direction of Ogilvie Drive.

Emergency alert text and phone messages have been sent to people in the area around Ogilvie Drive.

Crews are working to protect properties in the area. Firefighters will be supported by waterbombing aircraft today.

Meanwhile Richmond police say they consider that the fire may have been caused by an escaped burn-off.

Five homes are reported to have been burnt out since the fire started but police say all occupants are accounted for.

The eastern edge of the fire, south of Tabulam, remains quiet due to a successful backburn overnight.

Advice as at 2pm

If you are in the Ogilvie Drive area and your path is clear and you’re not prepared, leave now to the south along Plains Station Road.

If you are in the area of Old Bruxner Road and Paddys Flat Road put your Bushfire Survival Plan into action. If you do not have a Bushfire Survival Plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens your property.

If you are in the area of Tabulam, continue to monitor the situation. Ensure you know what you will do if the situation changes.

Bruxner Highway is closed between Tambulam Road and Bruxner Road.

A number of schools are closed including Tabulam Public School and Drake Public School.

Original report: A bushfire burning near the Bruxner Highway, west of Tabulam, is out of control and spreading.

The Bruxner Highway is currently closed between Clarence Way and Bruxner Road.

People living in the area are urged to activated their fire plans.

Yesterday the fire threatened the town of Tabulam and the village of Jullubum and it’s believed several buildings were destroyed.

Today is a day of extreme fire danger and a total fire ban is in place across the Northern Rivers. Temperatures in the area are expected to hit 43 degrees with very low humidity.

The RFS reports that firefighters have taken advantage of more favourable weather conditions overnight to conduct a backburn on the southern edge of the fire.

There are unconfirmed reports of damage to structures in the area.

The fire continues to burn on multiple fronts and is spreading in a northerly direction towards Old Bruxner Road and Paddys Flat Road.

It is also burning in a southerly direction, south of Tabulam, in bushland along the Clarence River.

Advice

If you are in the Tabulam area, continue to monitor the situation. Ensure you know what you will do if the situation changes.

If you are in the area of Old Bruxner Road and Paddys Flat Road, be alert to smoke and embers.

Although the Bruxner Highway is closed, the New England Highway, Gwydir Highway and Summerland Way are all open.

Put your Bushfire Survival Plan into action. If you do not have a Bushfire Survival Plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens your property.

Other Information

  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
  • Continue to stay up to date with the bushfire situation by checking http://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.
  • If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.
  • For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.

 


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