The bushfire situation across parts of SE NSW and the ACT is escalating this afternoon.

Firefighters are desperately attempting to contain a fast moving bushfire south of Canberra. Towns in the area are facing a wall of flames.

People in suburban areas of Canberra are being told to monitor the situation for ember attacks.

Other fires have been upgraded to emergency across the NSW south coast regions and interior areas.

This is the map of the fire front today.

Here’s the latest update as of 2.30pm Sydney time for people in these areas.

Refer to local emergency services for the latest.

Here’s what’s been issued by NSWRFS today so far-

EMERGENCY WARNING – Clear Range fire

The NSW RFS advises that it’s now too late to leave Colinton, Michelago and Bredbo. People there should seek shelter and protect themselves from the fire.

Current Situation

  • A number of spot fires have started as a result of the Orroral Valley bush fire in the ACT.
  • These fires are spreading quickly in a south-easterly direction towards Bredbo.
  • There is an immediate threat to properties and lives in the areas of Colinton, Michelago and Bredbo.
  • Conditions are deteriorating.
  • Firefighters and aircraft are working to slow the spread of these fires where possible.
  • The Monaro Highway is closed.
  • Dangerous fire conditions are forecast today, with a Severe fire danger forecast.
  • Under these conditions, fires will spread quickly and embers may be blown ahead of the main firefront. These embers may start new fires.
  • Fire activity has also increased in the area to the west of The Angle.
  • This map shows the potential spread of fire. It is based on the latest fire predictions and weather forecast.
  • For more information on the Orroral Valley fire please follow the link to the ESA Website.

Advice

Colinton, Michelago and Bredbo area

  • If you are the area of Colinton, Michelago and Bredbo, you are at risk.
  • It is too late to leave.
  • Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire by sheltering in a solid structure.
  • If you are away from the area, you will not be able to return. The Monaro Highway is closed.

Surrounding areas including Anembo, Jernagle, Chakola

  • Monitor conditions.
  • Be ready to take action. Follow your bush fire survival plan. If you don’t have a plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens.

Fire Weather Warning
for the Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Far South Coast, Monaro Alpine, Southern Ranges and Southern Slopes fire areas

Issued at 5:04 am EDT on Saturday 1 February 2020.

Weather Situation

Warm and windy conditions are bringing elevated fire dangers to the southeastern parts of New South Wales today.

For the rest of Saturday 1 February:

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following fire areas:
Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Far South Coast, Monaro Alpine, Southern Ranges and Southern Slopes 

The NSW Rural Fire Service advises you to:

  • Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.

The Rural Fire Service advises that if you are in an area of Severe Fire Danger:

  • If you plan to leave finalise your options and leave early on the day
  • Only stay if your home is well prepared and you can actively defend it
  • Prepare for the emotional, mental and physical impact of defending your property – if in doubt, leave.

For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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Fire Weather Warning
for the Australian Capital Territory

Issued at 5:04 am EDT on Saturday 1 February 2020.

Weather Situation

Warm and windy conditions are bringing elevated fire dangers to the ACT today.

For the rest of Saturday 1 February:

Severe Fire Danger in the following fire area:
Australian Capital Territory 

The ACT Emergency Services Agency advises you to:

  • Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.esa.act.gov.au/actrfs/ and www.bom.gov.au
  • Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.

For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.esa.act.gov.au/actrfs/