Firefighters working to identify and strengthen containment lines: Putty fire 695

UPDATE Thursday 15.02.18

Conditions have eased across the fireground throughout the night.

Crews are continuing to work on identifying new containment lines and strengthen existing lines.

Heavy plant and water-bombing aircraft will assist ground crews in trying to slow the spread of the fire today.

Firefighters have been liaising with residents in the area overnight.

Smoke may be experienced in the Howes Valley and Garland Valley areas.

The fire is burning in the Wollemi National Park and Putty State Forest area. It has burnt more than 6700 hectares and is out of control.

Advice

  • Monitor conditions in your area;
  • Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes;
  • Leaving early is your safest option.
Margaret Forbes shared this pic with Argus, Captioned: Left school [Milbrodale] at 5.30pm. Not good to the west or south. Stay safe families

Margaret Forbes shared this pic with Argus, Captioned: Left school [Milbrodale] at 5.30pm. Not good to the west or south. Stay safe families

UPDATE Wednesday 5:14pm:

Photo taken from Putty Hall.

Photo taken from Putty Hall.

The RFS has now put an emergency warning in place for 695, the blaze that is burning in an easterly direction towards Bakers Road and Putty Valley Road, Putty, under strong westerly winds.

People in the vicinity of Bakers Rd and Putty Valley Road should take shelter as the fire approaches. It is too late to leave.

Emergency telephone messages are being sent to residents in the area.

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

View from Apex lookout as Putty Fire upgrades to emergency and Hollydeen remains at advice. PIC: JULIE BULLOCK.

View from Apex lookout as Putty Fire upgrades to emergency and Hollydeen remains at advice. PIC: JULIE BULLOCK.

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 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.

Current Situation:

A bush fire is burning in the Wollomi National Park and Putty State Forest area. The fire has burnt more than 1700 hectares and is out of control.

The bush fire is burning in an Easterly direction towards Bakers Road and Putty Valley Road, Putty, under strong westerly winds.

Embers are creating spot fires well ahead of the main fire, including in the area of Bakers Road and Putty Valley Road.

Smoke and possible embers may also be experienced in the Howes Valley area.

The fire is burning in severe fire danger conditions.

Earlier today:

The 695 Fire has been upgraded to Watch and Act as it continues to move in an easterly direction towards Putty Valley Road, Putty.

Spotting has been reported ahead of the main fire front.

Residents are advised that leaving early is your safest option.

If you decide to leave, head north towards Bulga along Putty Road.

Under Severe conditions well prepared and actively defended homes can provide safety - but only stay if you are physically and mentally prepared to defend in these conditions.

Further updates will be made available via the Major Fire Update on the NSW Rural Fire Service website:

www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/major-fire-updates/mfu…

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