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May 18, 2021

Fire continues to burn above Wilsons Creek and Huonbrook

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Wilsons Creek resident to enact fire plans

Wilsons Creek residents are being advised that they should enact their fire plans. The weather is expected to change for the worse tomorrow (Tuesday) with increasing temperatures and wind.

‘The weather is not looking good for Tuesday,’ said Main Arm RFS captain Lance Hopkins.

‘Wilsons Creek residents are being advised to enact their fire plans. If you are going to stay and defend be well prepared and equiped at your properties or leave early. The narrow access is potentially hazardous for many properties if impacted by fire. You cannot count on a fire truck coming to your place immediately.’

Update: 9pm Sunday 10 November

The alert for Tuntable Falls, Terania Creek Road and Terania Creek has gone back up to Emergency Warning with residents being advised to leave by the Rural Fire Brigade (RFS).

Fire meeting Mullumbimby

Update: The Mullumbimby Remembrance Day have deferred the service until after the emergency fire meeting scheduled for 11am.

The fire is continuing to burn in the vicinity of Huonbrook and Upper Wilsons Creek and is there are concerns for the areas of Huonbrook, Upper Wilsons Creek, Wilsons Creek, Goonengerry and Upper Coopers as fires conditions worsen on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A community meeting has been called for tomorrow, Monday 11 November, for residents in the Huonbrook, Mullumbimby, Koonyum Range, Main Arm, Upper Main Arm, Goonengerry, Wilsons Creek, Wanganui, Federal and surrounding areas in Mullumbimby at the Civic Hall, 55 Dalley Street at 11am.

Update: 1.30pm

Fire meeting for community at Nimbin

A community meeting is being held in Nimbin Town Hall, 45 Cullen Street, at 4pm today (Sunday 10 November) to update residents on the current bushfire conditions.

Representatives from NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), police, SES, Lismore Council, Essential Energy and Public Works will be there to inform the community and answer questions.

Changing weather conditions due on Tuesday and Wednesday are of serious concern and the RFS is reminding people that now is the time to prepare properties, remove debris and plant matter away form buildings and homes.

Original story

The Fire in the Mount Nardi National Park is continuing to burn on multiple fronts towards Tuntable Falls Road in the south and Huonbrook in the east.

According to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) containment strategies are limited at the moment due to the steep and inaccessible terrain. The significant smoke cover thought out the valley has made aerial reconnaissance difficult.

The fire continues to burn above the communities of Huonbrook, Upper Wilsons Creek and Doon Doon, however, there is no direct threat to properties in this area at this stage,’ the recent report stated.

The RFS will continue to have crews stationed for property protection around the Huonbrook and Upper Wilsons Creek area over the coming days, with the area around Doon Doon to be monitored.

Currently no evacuations have occurred in this the Wilsons Creek and Huonbrook area, however, some residents are preparing to voluntarily leave the Huonbrook and Wilsons Creek area.

‘We have got the car packed and are ready to leave,’ said one Wilsons Creek resident.

The SES will be conducting a door knock this afternoon in the Upper Wilsons Creek area.

The RFS has said that ‘There does not appear the need to stage a Tweed/Byron currently.’

Tuesday higher risk

Potential changing weather conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday are keeping the RFS and other emergency services alert to potential changes to the threat to properties in the region.

Nimbin evacuation centre

An evacuation centre has been opened at Nimbin Showground.

The alert was downgraded from Emergency Warning last night to Watch and Act.

Residents at Huonbrook have recently reported that the fire is moving away from them in the current conditions. Some residents in Wilson’s Creek and surrounding areas are preparing to evacuate. There are no current evacuation alerts for Upper Wilsons Creek or Huonbrook.

If you are in the area of Tuntable Falls and your plan is to leave, leave towards Nimbin.

If you are in the area of Terania Creek Road and Terania Creek and your plan is to leave, leave towards The Channon.

Check updates

The Rural Firebrigade Service (RFS) has reminded everyone to check their emergency response plans. The advice residents to regularly check the Fires Near Me website and the RFS Major Fires Updates page for the most recent information. These sites are updated as changes occur.

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  1. That would be Nightcap National Park. Mt Nardi is a locality within the park. Any local knowledge or a quick glance at a map will tell you that. There has never been a Mt Nardi NP. I’m guessing this fire is so named reflecting the anti national parks bias of the local RFS hierarchy want it to be known it is in a national park.

    • Well done John, I think you might have just proved Emma’s anti-parks bias.

      What about the 95% of fires so far this season that started outside Parks? Does the same ‘laziness’ apply?
      Or were the ones that farmers lit and escaped part of “their job”?

  2. I think the main concern is our community is in trouble and we need to support each other in this stressful time and let go of the background crap and remain grounded-everyone is aware of the short falls in the system on every level these days….


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