Ku-ring-gai Bushfire Updates

Published on 19 November 2019

Bushfire emergency updates for Tuesday 19 November

Please be advised that a Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Greater Sydney region from 00:01 to 23:59 today, Tuesday 19 November 2019.

The predicted Fire Danger Rating for the Greater Sydney Region is Severe.

During a Total Fire Ban the following conditions apply:

  • All fire permits are suspended.
  • General purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting works cannot be carried out in the open. 
  • No fire may be lit in the open (this includes incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel, eg. wood or charcoal).

The use of gas or electric barbecues is permitted during a Total Fire Ban, but only if: 

  • It is under the direct control of a responsible adult who is present at all times while it is operating;
  • No combustible material is allowed within two metres of the barbecue at any time it is operating; 
  • You have an immediate and continuous supply of water;

AND

  • The barbeque is within 20 metres of a permanent private dwelling such as a home; or
  • The barbeque is within a designated picnic area and the appliance is approved by Council, National Parks or State Forest.

For more information visit the Rural Fire Service website

Bushfire emergency updates for Friday 15 November

Please be advised that a Total Fire Ban has been declared for the Greater Sydney region from 00:01 to midnight, Friday 15 November 2019.

The predicted Fire Danger Rating for the Greater Sydney Region is Severe.

During a Total Fire Ban the following conditions apply:

  • All fire permits are suspended.
  • General purpose welding, grinding, soldering or gas cutting works cannot be carried out in the open. 
  • No fire may be lit in the open (this includes incinerators and barbecues which burn solid fuel, eg. wood or charcoal).

The use of gas or electric barbecues is permitted during a Total Fire Ban, but only if: 

  • It is under the direct control of a responsible adult who is present at all times while it is operating;
  • No combustible material is allowed within two metres of the barbecue at any time it is operating; 
  • You have an immediate and continuous supply of water;

AND

  • The barbeque is within 20 metres of a permanent private dwelling such as a home; or
  • The barbeque is within a designated picnic area and the appliance is approved by Council, National Parks or State Forest.

For more information visit the Rural Fire Service website

Bushfire emergency updates Wednesday 13 November

Please be advised that the Total Fire Ban has been extended and will remain in place until midnight, Wednesday 13 November. The predicted Fire Danger Rating for the Greater Sydney Region today is Very High. 

11am: Use of fire retardant in Turramurra

A fixed wing aircraft and helicopter were used to release fire retardant and help protect homes and lives during yesterday's bushfire emergency in Turramurra. Council staff have started cleaning residents homes affected by yesterday's fires in Canoon Road free-of-charge. The clean-up is expected to take some days.

The fire retardant is essentially a fertiliser that is brightly coloured.

Here’s some information on what to do if your property has been affected. (pdf. 212KB)

Bushfire emergency updates Tuesday 12 November

High temperatures, strong winds and low humidity are forecast, making conditions dangerous particularly for residents living near bushland areas.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has announced that a catastrophic fire danger is now forecast for the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter areas on Tuesday 12 November due to the worsening weather conditions. 

Catastrophic is the highest level of bush fire danger. Homes are not designed to withstand a fire under these conditions and lives will be at risk.

11pm: Council facilities to reopen on Wednesday 13 November 

A number of Council facilities will return to normal operations tomorrow Wednesday 13 November. These include:

  • Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden to reopen
  • At this stage the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre to reopen at a later start time of 7am
  • Council's Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre in Lindfield to reopen and return to normal operations.

5.50pm: Canoon Rd Turramurra

The fires at Canoon Rd Turramurra have been brought under control and downgraded to a 'Watch and Act' situation.

No need for evacuation at this stage.

Visit RFS  for more info or download the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me app.

8am: Bobbin Head Road closure

Bobbin Head Road from North Turramurra to Mount Colah through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has been closed.

8am: Animal evacuation centres

The following large animal evacuation centres are now open:

  • Victoria Park, Picton (recently added)
  • Luddenham Showground (recently added)
  • Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park (recently added)
  • Gosford Racecourse (recently added)
  • Woodlands Baseball Complex, St Helens Park (recently added)
  • Hawkesbury Showground
  • Castle Hill Showground
  • Penrith Paceway
  • Tall Timbers Pony Club, Ourimbah
  • Central Coast Show Jumping Club at Mangrove Mountain
  • Pittwater Rugby Park in Warriewood
  • Frenchs Forest Showground

Horse and animal owners are reminded that care of the animal including adequate food and water supply as well as full time supervision remains their responsibility once they arrive at the evacuation centre.

You are also asked to bring appropriate identification for your animals. Contact the Ag and Animal services hotline on 1800 814 647 if you need emergency assistance.

Bushfire emergency update Monday 11 November

Advice from RFS for residents of high risk areas on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating

  • Activate your bushfire emergency plan.
  • For your survival, leaving early is the only option.
  • Leave bush fire prone areas the night before or early in the day – do not just wait and see what happens.
  • Make a decision about when you will leave, where you will go, how you will get there and when you will return.
  • Homes are not designed to withstand fires in catastrophic conditions so you should leave early.
  • People with special needs, such as the elderly and people with a disability, should always leave before the threat of bush fire.
  • If it is unsafe to leave the area or stay and defend your property, and the path is clear, you should move to your pre-identified Neighbourhood Safer Place, or other safer location, prior to the impact of a bush fire.

Neighbourhood Safer Places in Ku-ring-gai 

Please note that neighbourhood safe places are places of last resort during a bushfire emergency and are to be used only when all other options in your bushfire survival plan can’t be put into action safely.

  • Burt Oldfield Oval, Killara
  • Regimental Park, Killara
  • Kent Oval, North Turramurra
  • North Turramurra Recreation Area (Golf Course), North Turramurra
  • Sandakan Park, North Turramurra
  • Robert Pymble Park, Pymble
  • Roseville Park, Roseville
  • St Ives Village Green, St Ives
  • Turramurra Memorial Park, Turramurra
  • Claude Cameron Grove, Wahroonga

Evacuation centres in Ku-ring-gai

Evacuation centres in Ku-ring-gai will opened if required. These are:

  • East Lindfield Memorial Hall - 9 Wellington Road, East Lindfield
  • Roseville Chase Community Hall – 7 Babbage Road, Roseville
  • Lady Game Kindergarten – 43 Lady Game Drive, Lindfield
  • Presbyterian Church of Australia – 14 Stuart Street, Wahroonga
  • St Andrews Anglican Church – 2 Water St, Wahroonga
  • Uniting Church Gordon – 18 Cecil St, Gordon
  • West Pymble Community Hall – 30 Loftberg Road, West Pymble 

Track closures 

The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden and all bushland areas including walking tracks and fire trails will be closed to the public until further notice. These include:

  • Blackbutt Creek Track
  • Koola Park to Rocky Creek Track
  • Little Blue Gum Creek Track
  • Two Creeks Track
  • Sheldon Forest Track
  • Little Digger Track
  • Two Creeks Track
  • Bungaroo Track
  • Ku-ring-gai Creek to Tree Fern Gully Creek Track
  • Darri Track
  • Grosvenor Street to Gwydir Avenue Track
  • Sheldon Forest Track
  • STEP Track
  • Grosvenor Street to Gwydir Avenue Track
  • Twin Creeks and Browns Field Walking Track

School closures 

Council’s Thomas Carlyle Children’s Centre in Lindfield will be closed on Tuesday 12 November. Parents and carers will be kept informed on when the centre will reopen.

Local schools in identified high risk areas may also be closed.

To find out if your local school is affected keep checking the Department of Education website for updates.

 

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Media enquiries: Sally Williams, Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au