The following is a summary of the information on fire activity - for Higher Macdonald, Upper Macdonald and St Albans
The Howes Swamp Fire is burning in the Colo area, north of Mellong on both sides on the Putty Rd. It started on the western side of Putty Road after a lightning strike on the night of Tuesday 22nd October. The fire has burnt approximately 1220 ha and is moving in an easterly direction.
Strategies are being put in place to contain the fire by conduction back burning off existing fire trails further to the east of the fire. This will produce a large amount of smoke.
Properties along Putty road and isolated properties in the Upper Macdonald and Higher Macdonald are likely to experience a lot of smoke and some embers.
A TOTAL FIRE BAN is in force for the Greater Sydney area, which is our area, until further notice.
The Putty is closed from Sand Mine in the south to Kings Waterhole to the North. It will remain closed until safe. Local roads may be closed without notice due to safety and operational requirements.
For further information on road closures, please call the NSW RTA on 131 700 or check www.rta.nsw.gov.au
We urge residents to continue monitoring conditions in your area.
Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens your property. Leaving early is your safest option. If you do decide to leave the valley please notify either Sherri or Siobhan contact details below:
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 02 4568 2013
email@example.com Tel: 02 4568 2276
Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and by listening to local radio or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737. We will do our best to keep our local RFS website up to date with local information www.stalbansrfs.org, but please use the official RFS sites as your first port of call. If you need help getting to the website please feel free to give either Sherri or Siobhan call. We are happy to help.
If you need to report a new fire or require urgent assistance dial triple Zero (000)