Community Fire Updates

Information on fire activity in the Bellingen Local Government Area Issued on 7 December 2019 at 3pm

The Andersons Creek Fire spread significantly overnight under the influence of westerly winds, and is now more than 7500 ha in size (download the Public Liaison Map). It has crossed the Horseshoe Rd to the south, and has spotted onto the escarpment in the vicinity of Langtons Rd at Deer Vale. A separate ignition point is burning in bushland close to Darkwood.

Rural Fire Service ground crews are actively patrolling in the Deer Vale area, while National Parks & Wildlife crews are working on fire suppression and containment lines in the Horsehoe Rd/Blackwood Rd area. Fire behaviour is moderate, with the fire slowly working its way down from the ridges. Aircraft are unable to operate due to heavy smoke and low visibility.

Weather conditions are expected to be mild over the weekend, but likely to deteriorate again on Tuesday.


  • Leaving early is the safest option. Many roads in the vicinity of fire activity are narrow and may become congested as the fire approaches and residents attempt to leave while fire trucks move into the area.

  • Monitor conditions. Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.

  • Be aware that conditions can change quickly. Roads may become impassable due to fire activity, fallen trees etc.

Rural Fire Brigade Firefighters and State Emergency Services personnel continue to battle bush fires burning in and around our Shire. Council's role as a support agency to their efforts means we will continue to provide resources as required to ensure our community remains informed, alert and aware of the need to have a fire plan.

RFS has prepared a 'get ready for a bush fire'' pack outlining 4 simple steps to making your bush fire survival plan which are available at Council's Customer Service Centre or can be downloaded here

To stay informed and updated regards current firefighting efforts and future containment activities, take advantage of the regular updates that will be provided at Council's Community Fire Updates Create page at: and to ensure you and you’re family are prepared if threatened by a bushfire take five minutes to make or improve your plan by logging onto 


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