EVANS HEAD AND WOODBURN RESIDENTS PUT ON NOTICE AS FIRE APPROACHES
Update – 4.21pm
92 fire fighters are working on the blaze that is currently burning between New Italy and Evans Head in a bid to protect properties.
The foreground now covers 104,000 hectares.
THE Rural Fire Service says residents of Evans Head and Woodburn could have fires on their doorstep this afternoon.
RFS Zone Superintendent Michael Brett says people should be preparing now.
‘The fire in the Bundjalung National Park is now at Black Rocks (Jerusalem Creek) and is expected to reach Evans Head this afternoon,’ he said.
The latest RFS Fire Update issued this morning urged people in Evans Head to be mindful of possible ember attacks.
Police have set up a Command Centre at Woodburn to deal with the situation which is expected to escalate this afternoon.
The southern edge of the fire continues to burn in the Ashby, Ashby Heights and Woombah areas.
This part of the fire is burning in a westerly direction towards the areas of Tullymorgan and Mangrove Creek Road.
The northern side of the fire is burning east of the Pacific Highway in the areas of Serendipity and Turners Road, and west of the Pacific Highway around the areas of New Italy and the Swan Bay.
A southerly wind change has moved across the fireground, this will push the fire in a northerly direction towards Swan Bay areas, The Gap Road, Woodburn and Evans Head.
If you are in the areas north of the fire including Evans Head, Woodburn, Swan Bay or New Italy and you are unprepared, your property is undefendable or your plan is to leave, leave now towards Lismore.
If you are in the area of Iluka, remain in place as it is not safe to leave.
If you are in the areas south of the fire including Ashby Heights, Ashby, Woombah or Tullymorgan, monitor conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens your property.