Strong winds were expected to push the emergency-level Currowan bushfire closer to communities on the New South Wales South Coast on December 2, authorities said.
The Currowan fire had burned through 15,000 hectares of bushland in the Bimberamala and Murramarang National Parks on 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”.
This footage shows the fire burning on December 2. The fire had been burning at emergency level since Sunday afternoon. Credit: New South Wales Rural Fire Service via Storyful