NSW emergency brass are on ABC News24 right now worried about the end of the world tomorrow.
In towns as close as Braidwood and including the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions they’re asking tourists to clear out.
We will, of course, keep you posted.
UPDATE 07/01/13 14:13: The ACT’s ESA has now issued a fire ban and extreme fire danger warning:
ACT Emergency Services Agency A/g Commissioner Tony Graham has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:
12:00am January 8, 2013 to 23:59pm January 8, 2013.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a very hot and windy day with a forecast top temperature of 38 degrees.
The forecast Fire Danger Rating for tomorrow in the ACT is predicted to be EXTREME.
The community is urged to report any smoke or fire sightings immediately to Emergency Triple Zero (000).
If a fire starts at the forecast fire danger level of EXTREME it may be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast moving flames will be higher than roof tops.
There is a very high likelihood that people in the path of the fire will be injured or die. Many homes and businesses will be destroyed.
Only well prepared, well constructed and actively defended houses are likely to offer safety during a fire.
Thousands of embers will be blown around.
Spot fires will move quickly and come from many directions, up to 6 km ahead of the fire.
For your survival leaving is the best option. You should relocate to the location identified in your Bushfire Survival Plan.
The ESA advises you to make sure you know where you will get more information and monitor the situation for any changes. You can do this through local ACT media outlets, the ESA website www.esa.act.gov.au, the ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts or by calling Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
To find out more about Total Fire Bans log on to the ACT Emergency Services Agency website www.esa.act.gov.au or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.
UPDATE 07/01/13 14:21: TAMS are closing roads and reserves:
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise that due to a total fire ban, which is in place tomorrow (Tuesday 8 January 2013), the following nature reserves and roads will be closed:
— Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (the Visitor Centre will remain open);
— selected roads within Namadgi National Park including Apollo Road, Orroral Road, Old Mill Road, Warks Road, Mount Franklin Road at Piccadilly Circus, and the Corin Dam Road (the
— Namadgi Visitor Centre will remain open);
— Googong Foreshores;
— Lower Molonglo River Corridor; and
— Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary.
Note that the Boboyan Road and Brindabella Road remain open to through traffic.
Additionally Namadgi National Park, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Googong Foreshores as well as Kowen Forest will remain closed from tomorrow until 7 am Saturday 12 January 2013 in the interests of public safety.
UPDATE 07/01/13 14:28: The NSW RFS website now has “CATASTROPHIC” (the new one worse than EXTREME) fire danger warnings for the following regions tomorrow:
- — Illawarra/Shoalhaven,
— Southern Ranges,
Which is all very close to home.