Live coverage: bushfires threaten eastern states

The latest live updates from around Australia as bushfire emergencies threaten the eastern states. A full list of bushfire information services are can be found here.

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SA UPDATE 12.57pm A string of bushfires continue to burn across northern South Australia but are not causing concern.

NSW UPDATE 12.34pm About 100 firefighters and 25 trucks are protecting Oura, east
of Wagga Wagga. Two helicopters are water bombing smouldering hills near a winery and dairy farms.

ACT UPDATE 12.32pm ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT Fire & Rescue are working to extinguish a grass fire burning at Coppins Crossing Road Belconnen. The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.

NSW UPDATE 12.22pm

Below is the Yarrabin fire in the Cooma area. The red and yellow sections show the most intense part of the fire, burning quickly through grassland. Latest fire info is available at

Midday update:


A fire is burning out of contol in Tasmania's Forcett area, with an emergency warning for Eaglehawk Neck, Pirates Bay, Doo Town, Old Jetty Road and Blowhole Road.

There are Watch and Act advisories in place for Lake Repulse and Montumana.

Tasmania Police deny reports of looting in the evacuated Tasman peninsular.


An out of control bushfire is currently burning on the Warrigal Range Road at Brogo, expected to impact on homes east of Warrigal Range Road or west of Eagles Nest Road by approximately 12.45pm.

An Emergency Warning has been issued for an out of control bush fire burning in the Numeralla area near Cooma.

In Sydney, crews are at the scene of an electrical substation fire at the Lucas Heights nuclear research facility.


There is a large, slow moving bushfire in the Drik Drik area where Watch and Act advice in place.

TAS UPDATE 12.01am Emergency warning issued in the Forcett fire for Eaglehawk Neck, Pirates Bay, Doo Town, Old Jetty Road and Blowhole Road.

NSW UPDATE 11.31am More than 90 per cent of NSW has fire warnings of severe or more than severe.

NSW UPDATE 11.27am An out of control bush fire is currently burning on the Warrigal Range Road at Brogo. People in the area are able to leave now if the path is clear and relocate to Bega township.

FED UPDATE 11.22am Use the SBS bushfire information page for a complete list of bushfire related information services,-fire-bans-and-updates

NSW UPDATE 11.19am Opposition leader Tony Abbott is on standby with his local NSWRFS brigade, in Sydney's bushy northerns suburbs.

NSW UPDATE 11.13am 102 fires in NSW, 21 uncontained.

VIC UPDATE 11.11am Authorities say the Kenbruck fire has the potential to double to 800 hectares.

TAS UPDATE 11.09am Five convoys, totalling around 395 cars and 750 people, have moved out of the Nubeena area in the past 24 hours.

Police say around 500 cars and 15-hundred people remain at Nubeena.

NSW UPDATE 11.00am Fire has reached homes at Carlaminda near Cooma and people
have been urged to take shelter inside because it's too late to leave in safety.

NSW UPDATE 10.53am the NSW Rural Fire Service say their state operations centre in Sydney is fully activated today.

FED UPDATE 10.52am: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott: "I thank the prime minister for her visit to fire affected areas in Tasmania, I thank the government for swiftly offering the standard government emergency assistance to all the victims of the Tasmania fires,"

NSW UPDATE 10.49am: An aerial photo of the Yarrabin fire burning in the Cooma Monaro area. People in the Kybean Valley are advised to leave now and head to Nimmitabel township immediately.

NSW UPDATE 10.32am EMERGENCY WARNING #Yarrabim Fire has jumped Numeralla River People in Kybean Valley leave NOW & head 2 Nimmitabel

NSW UPDATE 10.30am NSW township of Bega hits 39 degrees.

NSW UPDATE:10.23am Drik Drik - A community information point will be established at Dartmoor Community Hall between 11.00am to 12.00pm daily until further notice.

UPDATE 10.05am WATCH AND ACT: There is a large, slow moving bushfire in the Drik Drik area.

The fire is currently active south of Drik Drik in plantation area near the Glenelg River. It is travelling in a northerly direction.

NSW UPDATE 10.02am Take a ride on the 'Elvis' air crane, in the sky above NSW today.

NSW UPDATE 9.57am: Temperatures along the New South Wales' south coast have been climbing by two degrees every 30 minutes, as the state prepares for heatwave conditions.

Bega on the far south coast reached 38 degrees this morning, while inland Broken Hill, the Riverina, and Wagga Wagga all recorded temperatures over 30 degrees.

TAS UPDATE 9.36am: Residents on the Tasman Peninsula have been urged to seek refuge
ahead of a renewed bushfire threat across the region.

The Tasmanian Fire Service has called for residents in Eagle Hawk Neck, Pirates Bay, Doo Town, Old Jetty Road and Blowhole Road to seek refuge at the Tasman Civic Centre in Nubeena today.


NSW UPDATE: 9.25am Firefighters assisted by 3 aircraft including an aircrane are working on a fire to the west of Wandandian. @NSWRFS (NSW RFS)

UPDATE 9.21am NSW's Yarrabin Fire:

"Leave only if the path is clear. If safe to do so, residents can relocate to the north along Mount Forest Road"


UPDATE 9.12am Follow social media updates in the SBS News Social media hub:

UPDATE 9.05am ALERT ISSUED: Shane Fitzsimmons from NSW RFS says there is an emergency warning for the Yarrabin Fire (Cooma-Monaro LGA) in state's south-east.

"An Emergency Warning has been issued for an out of control bush fire burning in the Numeralla area"


UPDATE 9.00am NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has told Macquarie Radio police are also visiting known arsonists so they know that they're under observation on a day like

UPDATE 8.58am

We couldn't find a complete list of bushfire information services on any Australian federal (or state) website, so we compiled this list:,-fire-bans-and-updates

UPDATE 8.55am Arsonists face fines of "over hundreds of thousands and jail for up to 25 years" NSW Rural Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons tells ABC24.

UPDATE 8.50am A message from The Prince of Wales to His Excellency The Governor of Tasmania following the recent bushfires:

"Having visited Tasmania so recently, and retaining countless fond and happy memories of all those we met, my wife and I were profoundly saddened to hear of the appalling bushfires which have caused such dreadful damage and despair across the island." Read more

UPDATE 8.43AM SBS World News Australia reporter Manny Tsigas speaks from the control centre in the southern New South Wales city of Wagga Wagga. LISTEN

UPDATE 8.30am Today's warnings and Incidents in NSW.

UPDATE 8.25am Cooler weather expected today in Tasmania

UPDATE 8.00am The Prime Minister has tweeted her support for Red Cross appeal

To help victims of the Tasmanian bushfires, please consider donating to the Red Cross: TeamJG

Source: SBS

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