McDonald and St Albans area
Issued at 1100hrs 28 October, 2013
The Howes Swamp Fire which started approximately 8km north of Colo Heights is burning on
both sides of the Putty Road and has burnt 11,993ha.
The eastern most point of the bush fire is burning in the area of Mellong, approximately 10km
north-west of the Higher McDonald area.
It is planned to contain the fire to the west of the McDonald River and an existing containment
line that runs north/south to the Gorricks Fire Trail and north of the Gorricks and Womerah
Range Fire Trails that run east/west to the Putty Road.
Properties in the Higher McDonald, Upper Macdonald and St. Albans area are likely to
experience a lot of smoke due to our backburning operations.
• 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.
• Motorists and travellers are advised to check www.livetraffic.com or www.131500.com.au
Authorised by Incident Controller Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers on behalf of the
Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service.