The Howes Swamp Fire which started approximately 8km north of Colo Heights is burning on both sides of the Putty Road and has burnt 18,000ha.
Ground crews, supported by Remote Area Fire-fighters and aircraft have been undertaking backburning to the west of the McDonald River in order to contain the fire. An increase in smoke has been visible due to these activities. Properties in the Upper and Higher McDonald area as well as St Albans may experience smoke and potentially some embers over the weekend due topredicted north-west winds.
• Monitor conditions in your area as the situation can change.
• Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, ensure you know what you will do if fire impacts your area.
• Should you choose to stay with your property and defend it, you need to ensure that you and your property are well prepared.
• Be aware that if conditions deteriorate, some areas may become isolated and may lose power. You may not be able to leave for a number of days.
• The safest option is to be well away from the fire.
• If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
• Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking 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.
• The Putty Road remains closed to all but local traffic at Colo Heights and Milbrodale.
• Local traffic is not to access the Putty Road where there are fire fighting operations.
• Motorists and travellers are advised to check www.livetraffic.com or www.131500.com.au before travelling.
Authorised by Incident Controller Superintendant Karen Hodges on behalf of theCommissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service.