Upper Lachlan residents near Green Wattle Creek fire should consider leaving on Friday

A firefighter works at the scene of a blaze. Picture: Wolter Peeters
A firefighter works at the scene of a blaze. Picture: Wolter Peeters

Update at 2.40pm

For residents in the Wombeyan Caves, Taralga, Bannaby and Mares Forest areas, including Hanworth Rd, the RFS says there are reports that fire activity has increased in the above locations, resulting in increased smoke and the possibility of ember attack.

Property owners who may be subject to ember attack should monitor their properties and report any new ignitions to Triple Zero '000' if a fire appliance is not in attendance.


Residents living in the Upper Lachlan Shire near the Green Wattle Creek fire should consider leaving for the day on Friday, January 10 if they are not prepared to stay and defend.

This was the latest advice from the NSW Rural Fire Service at 10am on Friday.


The advice is the same for residents living in the Wingecarribee, Wollondilly and Oberon council areas.

Green Wattle Creek fire behaviour is expected to increase, which may place pressure on containment lines, NSW RFS said.

A southerly change is predicted to pass over the fire ground between 11pm and 1am on Saturday morning.

The fire has now burnt 275,000 hectares in the Upper Lachlan, Wollondilly, Wingecarribee and Oberon council areas since November 26.

There is a total fire ban in place across the Southern Tablelands on Friday.

Wombeyan Caves Road may be closed partially or fully dependant on localised fire activity.

Mittagong RSL will be open to receive those who choose to relocate. The club will provide light refreshments.

Moss Vale Showground will be open for large animals. Those wishing to move their large animals are advised that the transport, security and feeding of those animals is the owner's responsibility.

Goulburn Recreation Area remains open as both a general and animal evacuation centre for those threatened by the bushfires in the district.

Crookwell Showground is also available for anyone impacted by the fires. Contact Paul Anderson on 0417 985 686 for more information.

The Main Southern Railway will be closed from 9am for 24 hours.