The NSW Rural Fire Service has an excellent fire map.
Sadly the most serious one is right near us:
ALERT LEVEL: Emergency Warning
LOCATION: Running South and East of Mount Forest Road. Approximately 12km East of Cooma and 12km south of Numeralla
COUNCIL AREA: Cooma-Monaro
STATUS: Out of Control
TYPE: Scrub/Grass fire
SIZE: 500 ha
MAJOR FIRE UPDATE AS AT 8 Jan 2013 09:37: An Emergency Warning has been issued for an out of control bush fire burning in the Numeralla area. more
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 8 Jan 2013 09:00
They advise it’s too late to leave so sit tight.
[firemap screenshot current at 10:10 08/01/13, photo as tweeted by @NSWRFS]
Emergency Warning – Yarrabin Fire (Cooma-Monaro LGA) 08/01/13 11:10
An Emergency Warning has been issued for an out of control bush fire burning in the Numeralla area.
The bush fire is burning near the Mount Forest Road, Carlaminda area and is currently impacting on properties.
The fire is burning in a south easterly direction and has crossed over the Numeralla River. It is travelling towards the Kybean Valley.
It is too late for people in the Kybean Valley to leave. They are advised to shelter in place as the fire impacts .
Police are doorknocking homes in the area to advise them of the risk.
People in the Dangelong, Numeralla and Countegany areas sould expect to be affected by smoke and embers. People in this area should stay aware of the fire activity.
Two Emergency Alert Telephone Warning messages have been sent to residents in the Mount Forest Road and Kybean Valley areas.
It is now too late to leave for people in the area of Mount Forest Road, Carlaminda and the Kybean Valley. If you are in this area you should shelter in place as the fire impacts.
Protect yourself from the radiant heat.
If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking the RFS website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling theNSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.
For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.
The next update on this fire will be by 11.40am or before if the situation changes.
— NSW RFS Media (@rfsmedia) January 8, 2013
UPDATE 13:30 08/01/13:
A team of ACT firefighters has been sent interstate this afternoon to help with extinguishing a fire near Cooma.
The ACT Fire & Rescue crews are part of a Queanbeyan based Fire Rescue NSW taskforce deployed to the Numeralla fire.
The ACT resources include an urban fire pumper, water tanker and Commander.
For more information on the fire go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au