Smoke Rises From Out-of-Control Currowan Bushfire on New South Wales South Coast

An emergency-level bushfire was threatening communities in the Shoalhaven region of the New South Wales south coast on Monday, December 2.

The Currowan fire had burned through 15,000 hectares of bushland in the Bimberamala and Murramarang National Parks by Monday. It had jumped the Clyde River and Princes Highway to spread west, where it was approaching the communities of Kioloa, North Durras, Depot Beach, Pebbly Beach, Pretty Beach and Bawly Point.

Residents in affected areas were told it was “too late to leave”.

“Take shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire,” a warning from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said.

Firefighters, including ground crew and waterbombers, were working to “protect properties where possible”, the fire service added.

This footage shows smoke from the fire as seen from Burrill Lake on Sunday, December 1. The fire had been burning at emergency level since Sunday afternoon. Credit: Sonia Drover via Storyful