RESIDENTS in the Orara Valley are being advised to consider leaving their properties tonight as a catastrophic 24-hours looms, in what potentially could end as one of the worst days for bushfire destruction in NSW's history.  

This morning the Rural Fire Service has staged an emergency briefing at its fire control centre in Coffs Harbour. 

Information on dangerous fire and conditions has been circulated for residents in the Nana Glen, Lowanna, Ulong, Megan/Cascade, Coramba, Karangi, Orara, Bucca and greater Coffs Harbour areas.

The Rural Fire Service's Greater Coffs Harbour Fire Prediction Map released this morning.
The Rural Fire Service's Greater Coffs Harbour Fire Prediction Map released this morning.

The situation

Tuesday will be a dangerous day.

There is significant fire activity to the north and west of Nana Glen, Lowanna, Ulong and Megan/Cascade.

The fire is known as the Liberation Trail fire, is currently more than 135,000 hectares in size, and is out of control.

Coffs Harbour & Bellingen Local Government Areas are forecast to have Extreme Fire Danger on Tuesday.

Fire in these conditions will travel in a southerly to easterly direction under the influence of strong winds.

Smoke and embers will impact areas well ahead of the fires.

Spot fires can occur over 5km ahead of the main fire under these conditions.

Under these conditions lives and homes will be at risk. Homes will be undefendable and resources will be stretched.

A fire truck may not be able to respond to your 000 call. You need to start taking action now.

Advice

• Leave early. It is the only safe option. Plan to leave on Monday night.

• If you live west of the Pacific Highway, on Tuesday you should be relocated east of the Pacific Highway.

• Residents in the areas of Nana Glen, Lowanna, Ulong, Megan/Cascade, Coramba, Orara, Karangi, Bucca, Bundagen, Repton (including all outlying areas) should self-relocate to an urban area (Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Sawtell, Bellingen, Dorrigo) or to a location east of the Pacific Highway.

• There is a high risk the fire that the fires could impact on urban areas across both Coffs and Bellingen local government areas. 

• If you don't leave early, you may be advised that it is too late to leave.

• If the fire impacts on your property, seek shelter to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
Information

• Updates on this fire are also available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by calling call 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).

• Find out the latest Fire Danger Rating in your area at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737).

• For information on road conditions or closures, please call the NSW RTA on 131 700 or check www.rta.nsw.gov.au. Remember roads may be closed without warning.