The RFS has released its fire prediction maps for tomorrow, showing the potential of the Dunns Road fire to move through Batlow.
A severe to extreme fire danger is forecast for Saturday. Temperatures are predicted in the 40s and there’s likely to be very low humidity and strong winds.
The map displays the predicted fire spread and the communities that may come under threat from embers or fire fronts. Other surrounding areas may still come under threat if conditions change, or if fires breach containment lines.
There are concerns for the areas of:
- The Snowy Valley area – from Tarcutta to Tumut in the north, south through Batlow and Tumbarumba to Khancoban and Jingellic
• Snowy Monaro region – from Adaminaby to Cooma, then south-west to Jindabyne, Perisher Valley and Thredbo. This includes all of the Kosciuszko National Park.
• The Shoalhaven Region – from Burrill Lake, north to Nowra
• The South Coast – from Batemans Bay to the Victorian Border
• Areas surrounding Greater Sydney – Southern Highlands, parts of Western Sydney and the Lower Blue Mountains
The RFS has advised Batlow and Wondalga residents to leave the area.
There may potentially be new fires burning in these areas that we do not yet know about, which may threaten you without warning, the RFS stated.
Potential spread area – you should not be in this area on Saturday. Move to a large town outside this area, or if you are on the South Coast, move to an area that has already been burnt or go to the beach. Stay away from bush fire prone areas.
Potential ember attack – You should not be in this area on Saturday as new fires could start and spread quickly.
If you are in the area of the general areas on this map, be vigilant for new fires that may start well ahead of the fire front.