Friday, October 05, 2012

New South Wales Bushfire at central coast is ''uncontrollable, unpredictable'' and threatening a number of homes.

A bushfire on the New South Wales central coast is ''uncontrollable, unpredictable'' and threatening a number of homes.
The fire burning around Lobster Beach and Pretty Beach in Gosford is 90 hectares in size and with the arrival of this afternoon's southerly is now moving in a direction towards houses.
An emergency broadcast message has been sent to telephones in the area.
Before noon, firefighters were backburning on the northern side of the fire to try to stop the fire from spreading towards homes on Albert Street in preparation for the cool change.
"There's a very strong southerly change coming through and that’s going to cause us more problems," Mr Rogers said.
People in the Lobster Beach and Pretty Beach area are advised to check and follow their bush fire survival plans and phone triple-0 in an emergency.
"If your plan is to leave, or you are not prepared, leave early. Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire."
The RFS said it did not know what started the fire, but Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers told Macquarie Radio that police were investigating reports that a boatload of people had lit an open fire on the beach last night and failed to douse it properly before leaving.
No evacuations have taken place, an RFS spokeswoman told AAP.
Meanwhile, firefighters have saved a property from a massive 240-hectare fire on Mount Mirannie near Singleton.
"They're continuing to work to protect around another four rural farm properties in the area," the RFS spokeswoman said.
She said another fire had closed the Pacific Highway between Houston Mitchell Drive and Burrawan Forest Drive at Lake Innes near Port Macquarie.

A large blaze that broke out at Wyee on Thursday has reignited, placing homes in danger and forcing authorities to close the northern railway line.

- With AAP


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