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
121 Wingham Rd, Taree NSW 2430
Laurieton United Services Club
2 Seymour St, Laurieton NSW 2443
Wauchope High School and Wauchope Showground for animals
Nelson St, Wauchope NSW 2446
Nambucca Entertainment Centre
Ridge Street, Nambucca Heads NSW 2448
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19 Sea St, Kempsey W NSW 2440
Kempsey Macleay RSL Club
1 York Lane, Kempsey W NSW 2440
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
Grafton Community Centre
59 Duke St Grafton NSW 2460
1.52am – please be advised Coraki Bowling Club Evacuation Centre has now closed.
33-37 Cecil St, Nimbin NSW 2480
Mullumbimby Ex Services Club
58 Dalley St, Mullumbimby NSW 2482
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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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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