According to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, “catastrophic” fire danger was recorded in Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra today. The service tweeted: “At 5:30am, 73 fires are burning across the state, 37 yet to be contained. Two fires are at Emergency Warning. Residents near active fires need to be aware of the potential for fire activity to increase under stronger winds today and a statewide Total Fire Ban is in place.”

According to the New South Wales Government website, on November 12 the following evacuation centres are currently open overnight:


Bulahdelah Bowling Club

50 Jackson Street, Bulahdelah NSW 2423

Mid Coast:

Club Taree

121 Wingham Rd, Taree NSW 2430

Laurieton United Services Club

2 Seymour St, Laurieton NSW 2443

Port Macquarie-Hastings:

Wauchope High School and Wauchope Showground for animals

Nelson St, Wauchope NSW 2446

Nambucca Heads:

Nambucca Entertainment Centre

Ridge Street, Nambucca Heads NSW 2448


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Kempsey Showground

19 Sea St, Kempsey W NSW 2440

Kempsey Macleay RSL Club

1 York Lane, Kempsey W NSW 2440

Coffs Harbour:

Urunga Ex Servicemans Club

2 Morgo St, Urunga

Woolgoolga Ex Servicemans Club

17 Beach St, Woolgoolga

Coffs Harbour Ex Servicemans Club

2 – 6 Vernon St, Coffs Harbour

Clarence Valley:

Grafton Community Centre

59 Duke St Grafton NSW 2460


1.52am – please be advised Coraki Bowling Club Evacuation Centre has now closed.

Nimbin Showground

33-37 Cecil St, Nimbin NSW 2480

Mullumbimby Ex Services Club

58 Dalley St, Mullumbimby NSW 2482

Cavanbah Centre

249 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481

Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre

50 Oliver Road, Goonellabah NSW 2480

Coraki Bowling Club – CLOSED

17 Richmond Terrace Coraki NSW 2471


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Glen Innes:

Glenn Innes Showground

Bourke and Hunter Street, Glen Innes NSW 2370


Singleton Services Club

49 Castlereagh St, Singleton NSW 2330

Greta Workers Sport and Rec Club

2 West St, Greta NSW 2334

For updates and more information, visit the NSW Government website here.

For Queensland, the Queensland government website says: “During a disaster, information about evacuations, cyclone shelters and evacuation centres will be broadcast to the community via local ABC radio broadcasts and other media.”

The website states you can find out more about evacuation via your local radio, Emergency Alert phone warnings, local radio or TV when you hear the standard emergency warning signal.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Twitter account also posts some regular updates.

How to track Australia fires:

There are a number of ways you can track fire activity in Australia.

Bushfire location information and warnings are available on the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service website.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service website also provides regular updates.

The NSW Rural Fire Service app, Fires Near Me, is a free app you can download which shows every recorded fire in NSW.

The app also details how large a fire is, and whether it is under control.

The My Fire Watch website also provides bushfire location information and is designed for general public use.

Local radio stations may also provide updates on fire situations near you.

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