Fire situation eases at Mount Canobolas

Uncontained fire still burning on Mount Canobolas

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The view towards Mount Canobolas at sunset from Orange. The situation has been reduced to watch and act.

The view towards Mount Canobolas at sunset from Orange. The situation has been reduced to watch and act.

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A fire is burning on Mt Canobolas with firefighters yet to contain the blaze.

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6.30pm The fire situation for the Mount Canobolas fire, which has now burned more than 730ha, has eased, the Rural Fire Service having dropped its warning to a watch and act level.

The threat to properties in the area has eased, however, more than 100 firefighters continue to work across the fireground and they are being supported by a number waterbombing aircraft including the very large air tanker 'Nancy Bird'.

Westerly winds continue to push the fire in an easterly direction along Mount Canobolas Road.

Residents on and to the West of Pinnancle Road and along Lake Canobolas Road should only remain if you and your property are well prepared, if not leave towards Orange if the path is clear.

Residents in the vicinity of Boree Lane, Lidster and Borenore Road should also continue to monitor the situation and know what they will do in the event the fire threatens.

Local road closures are in place including Mitchells Way, Canobolas Rd and the Old Canobolas Road.

Looking from North Orange across to Mount Canobolas at 2.30pm on Saturday as winds strengthened, fanning the fire eastwards.

Looking from North Orange across to Mount Canobolas at 2.30pm on Saturday as winds strengthened, fanning the fire eastwards.

4.30pm An out of control fire at Mount Canobolas near Orange in the state’s Central West has been burning since Saturday afternoon.

The fire on Saturday night at Mt Canobolas. Photo by VIATOR INCOGNITUS.

The fire on Saturday night at Mt Canobolas. Photo by VIATOR INCOGNITUS.

The area burned is at least 300 hectares and is now moving in an easterly direction along Mount Canobolas Road, the NSW Rural Fire Service said in its 3.33pm update.

Residents on and to the West of Pinnancle Road and along Lake Canobolas Road should only remain if you and your property are well prepared. If not leave towards Orange if the path is clear, the RFS says.

Residents in the vicinity of Boree Lane, Lidster and Borenore Road should also continue to monitor the situation and know what they will do in the event the fire threatens.

Local road closures are in place including Mitchells Way, Canobolas Rd and the Old Canobolas Road.

More than 100 firefighters are working across the fireground and they are being supported by waterbombing aircraft including the Very Large Air Tanker 'Nancy Bird'.

Under these conditions, fires can be difficult to control. Embers may be blown ahead of the fire, creating spot fires. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.

Advice

Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan and prepare for a bush fire in your area.

Residents on and to the West of Pinnancle Road and along Lake Canobolas Road should only remain if you and your property are well prepared, if not leave towards Orange if the path is clear.

Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.

Other Information

If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://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.

If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.

For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au. Roads may be closed without warning.

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