A bushfire burns out of control south of Jervis Bay as a boy watches from the beach. (ABC News: Chloe Hart)
Conditions are easing for fires on the mid north and south coast of NSW.
A fire at Jervis Bay is burning out of control, but has been downgraded to advice level. A fire near Bowraville was also at advice level.
The NSW RFS sent emergency alerts via telephone to people in the area earlier today and told residents of Jervis Bay village to seek shelter as the fire headed north.
“Protect yourself from the heat of the fire,” the NSW RFS said.
Jervis Bay Road and Wreck Bay Road remain closed.
People in Wreck Bay Village have been warned there will be smoke in the area.
A fire that had been burning near Wreck Bay for a few days flared up again this morning, Paul McLeod from the Community Council said.
”There was an outbreak a couple of days ago on the ridge, at Shelley’s Point. They got the ridge under control, and yesterday it flared up again in about five different places.”
Mid-north coast fire
Another fire is burning near Bowraville on the north coast of the state.
The fire was out of control at 5:08pm and burning across about 11 hectares near Bellingen Road, Missabotti, in the Nambucca council area.
About 50 firefighters were at the scene battling the quickly-moving blaze.
Late in the afternoon, Superintendent Lachlan Ison, from the RFS said the fire was threatening homes.
“Two or three of the houses, the fire has come to the doorstep — the fire is right on the doorstep,” he said.
“We’ve managed to save the houses as this point in town.”
The fire was downgraded from a watch and act to an advice level just after 5pm.
Naval base evacuation
The Navy evacuated non-essential and civilian staff from their base at Jervis Bay, saying no one had been injured and the cause of the fire was not known.
The Navy helicopter was on standby to support the RFS.
“Defence made a decision to relocate some people earlier on in the day, but we’re not seeing people trying to move in and around those roads,” NSW RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd said.
‘Erratic winds’ push fire toward village
Inspector Shepherd said people shouldn’t drive on the closed roads in the area.
“[My advice] is just to stay where you are and just to shelter as the fire moves towards that village,” he said.
“There are more than 50 firefighters now on that fire ground. They’re being assisted by a number of waterbombing helicopters, but also the large air tanker Thor.
“It has made a number of retardant drops on that fire ground just in order to try and slow the spread of this fire just so we can move into this evening when we should start to see conditions ease.”
There were no reports of people being injured.
Jervis Bay is a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia and not technically part of the state of New South Wales.
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