Fire – update – Lithgow

LITHGOW FIRE is still burning – here is an update from the Rural Fire Service

Photo source: Wolter Peeters

Photo source: Wolter Peeters

While fire activity has decreased, people along the Bells Line of Road should be aware of fire burning in the area. Continue to monitor the situation.

If the fire threatens your property, seek shelter immediately to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.

With multiple fires in the area, please postpone non-essential travel to keep the roads clear for firefighting efforts.

Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, ensure you know what you will do if the fire threatens your property.

Evacuation centres are established at

  • Lithgow Workers Club – 3 Tank Street, Lithgow
  • Blackheath Community Centre – Great Wester Highway, Blackheath
  • Springwood Sports Centre – 83 Macquarie Road, Springwood

The evacuation centre at Bilpin Community Centre – 2596 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin is now CLOSED.

The following roads remain closed:

  • Darling Causeway
  • Bells Line of Road between Lithgow and Bell
  • There is no access from Hartley Valley Road onto Darling Causeway
  • State Mine Gully Road
  • Blackfellows Hands Road

School Closures

The following schools in the Blue Mountains area will be closed on Friday 18 October:

  • St Columba’s
  • St Thomas Aquinas
  • Winmalee Public School
  • Winmalee High School
  • Ellison Primary School
  • Bunya Childcare Centre
  • Rainbow Childcare Centre
  • Zig Zag Education Facility

Other information

  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
  • Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking 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.
  • Motorists and travellers are advised to check www.livetraffic.com or www.131500.com.aubefore travelling.
  • Roads may be closed without warning.

our thoughts are with all our neighbours who are affected. Stay safe.

Fire – Act now

Unfortunately there are fires burning in our area and an Emergency Warning is in place. The fire in burning out of control in the Marrangaroo Army Range and the Newnes State Forest, north of Lithgow.

If you live in these areas you should have received emergency alert telephone messages.

This is a significant fire and has burnt more than 1000 hectares in the past 24 hours.

The fire has crossed the Bells Line of road and it has now been closed.

Stay updated by checking regularly with the Rural Fire Service website.

Act now.

Photo credit: Alex Morgan

Photo credit: Alex Morgan

UPDATE:
An emergency alert telephone warning message is being sent to residents in Mt Wilson, Mt Irvine and Mt Tomah.

Residents are being advised to shelter in place as the fire front approaches.

With multiple fires in the area, please postpone non-essential travel to keep the roads clear for firefighting efforts.

The weather conditions are increasingly becoming erratic and dangerous.

Fires are still burning near Oaky Park, Morts Estate, Clarence, Dargan, Doctors Gap and Hartley. An emergency alert telephone message has been sent to residents in these areas.

Evacuation centres are established at
• Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens – Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah
• Lithgow Workers Club – 3 Tank Street, Officially John LithgowThis fire is also affecting roads and transport
• Bells Line of Road is closed between Lithgow and Bell in both directions.
• The Darling Causeway is closed northbound at the Great Western Highway in Mount Victoria.
• Motorists are advised to use the Great Western Highway as an alternative.
• State Mine Gully Road has been closed until further notice.
• The Central to Lithgow train (Blue Mountains Line) is being replaced by buses between Mount Victoria and Lithgow.
• As a result of the closure, passengers travelling to Bell Station should speak to station staff at Lithgow or Mount Victoria.
• Both train passengers and motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.