Tuesday, 12 November 2019
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has urged residents to be prepared for the absolute worst today with the entire electorate now under an extreme fire danger rating.
“Today’s fire situation is going to be worse than NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) initially expected with conditions on the fire grounds expected to become more volatile and unpredictable as the day progresses,” Mr Marshall said.
“Following the tragic loss of life at Wytaliba over the weekend it cannot be stated enough how important it is residents have a bush fire action plan ready to enact.
“Under an extreme fire danger rating if a fire is to start leaving is the safest option for survival and if you are not prepared to the highest level leave early in the day.
“Eight schools including Ben Lomond Public School, Deepwater Public School, Emmaville Central School, Ebor Public School, Chandler Public School, Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre, Wytaliba Public School and the Armidale Waldorf School are closed today however as the day develops and into tomorrow others may be shut for student’s safety.
“This is as dangerous as it gets for our region and while people might want to stay and protect their properties, this is not the time for tombstone heroism – a home can be rebuilt but a life cannot be replaced.”
Mr Marshall said support was available to landholders already impacted by fires.
“The NSW Government’s Agricultural Services Hotline 1800 814 647 has been set up to assist farmers concerned about their animals and livestock,” he said.
“If landholders are in need of emergency fodder, veterinary assistance or care for animals in evacuation centres they can call this number and speak to NSW Department of Primary Industries staff.
“The Glen Innes Showground fire evacuation centre has also reopened overnight and residents who decide today to leave their homes as a safety precaution can seek shelter there.
“Clubs NSW has also announced today residents can also seek shelter at their local club which in Glen Innes includes the Golf and Bowling Clubs and the Services Club.”
Fire danger ratings and up to date information on the fire situation in your area can be found at https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information
Residents are also encouraged to download and monitor the Fires Near Me App.
The Department of Education is monitoring the fire situation closely and all school closures and all current and future school closures will be listed on https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety