Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley is encouraging the community to be alert and not alarmed as NSW is declared the State of Emergency, with multiple fires already burning and a significant weather event expected for Tuesday.
Mayor Amanda Findley is urging residents to not become complacent as conditions are unpredictable and can change at any moment. “I am urging residents of the Shoalhaven to not be complacent, to be alert but not alarmed. Tuesday we will be seeing temperatures reach the mid 30’s coupled with low humidity and strong winds resulting in a catastrophic fire danger rating for the Shoalhaven.” Mayor Amanda Findley said.
“Prepare your family the best you can and talk to your neighbours, ensure your fire plan is up to date and stay up to date on bush fires in your area by listening to local radio, through the RFS website, through social media and the Fires Near Me NSW app.”
“During a total fire ban, the community cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or carry out any activity in the open that causes, or likely to cause, a fire. Residents should also refrain from using BBQs or wood fire pizza ovens out in the open.
“If you do notice any spot fires please remember to call emergency services immediately rather than trying to put the fire out yourself. If a fire starts and takes hold during Catastrophic fire danger conditions, lives and homes will be at risk.
“My thoughts are with the communities on the North Coast and Queensland who are battling blazes, that have seen homes and lives lost.” Clr Findley said.
Residents encourage people to observe instructions from the RFS and only move if it is safe to do so. If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.