Mid-north coast NSW fire out of control, Jervis Bay fire downgraded

Mid-north coast NSW fire out of control, Jervis Bay fire downgraded

Mid-north coast NSW fire out of control, Jervis Bay fire downgraded

Updated 14 September 2017, 17:40 AEST

A fire burning out of control on the NSW mid-north coast is threatening properties as a bushfire at Jervis Bay on the south coast gets downgraded to a watch and act.

A fire burning out of control on the NSW mid-north coast is threatening properties as bushfire at Jervis Bay on the south coast gets downgraded to a watch and act.

The NSW RFS sent emergency alerts via telephone to people in the area earlier 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 out of control 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.

Superintendent Lachlan Ison, from the RFS, said the immediate focus would be to save homes in the area.

"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.

"We are still seeing some quite erratic winds across that fire ground but basically the fire does continue to push in a northerly direction towards the Jervis Bay village but we're slowly seeing winds just swing a little bit more westerly, which may actually push the fire just to the east of the village.

"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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