The Gospers Mountain bushfire burning north-east of Lithgow in the Wollemi National Park had a watch and act alert issued on Tuesday, December 10.
The fire is approximately 319,000 hectares in size and has a perimeter of 1050km. It is burning between Newnes and Wisemans Ferry, Putty (St Albans) and Central Colo.
Fire activity in the area has increased since Monday, December 9 and the blaze is currently burning to the east of the Wolgan Valley and continues to head in a westerly direction.
The fire is burning to the north of Bell, Mt Wilson, Bilpin and Mt Lagoon, east of Glen Davies, south of Bulga and west of Bucketty and includes the local government areas of Lithgow, Hawkesbury and Singleton.
RFS crews from Lithgow Chifley, Tarana and Hartley are being assisted by heavy plant to create a new containment line and aircraft is expected to join firefighting operations once visibility improves.
State Mine Gully Road, Old Bells Line Road, Clarence Road and Blackfellows Hands Trail remains closed. Newnes State Forest, including the camp grounds, is still closed. Wollemi National Park is also closed.
Residents in the Wolgan Valley area and surrounds should expect more smoke over the coming days.
- Continue to monitor conditions
- Be ready to take action in case conditions change
- Follow your bushfire survival plan
- If you see an unattended fire or your life is at risk call Triple Zero (000).
- If you are threatened by fire do not be in the path of the fire, wear protective clothing and footwear, cover exposed skin and if the fire impacts seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
- People with respiratory conditions who are affected by bushfire smoke should implement their health management plan and seek medical advice if necessary. Take precautions such as staying indoors and closing windows.
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