Fires in NSW and Victoria devastate communities in Batemans Bay, Mallacoota amid a vacationer evacuation warning

Thousands of people walk amid warnings Saturday will bring a replay of deadly New Year’s Eve firestorms in East Gippsland and on the south coast of NSW. The state of emergency will come into force in NSW tomorrow morning.

Look back at how the day turned out.

Live updates

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Here we leave you for the night.

This is the situation at 9:44 pm AEDT, 8:44 p.m. AEST.

  • There are no fire burns at the emergency level via NSW or Victoria
  • There are three fires on guard and act Level in NSW
  • There are 12 fire at watch and act Level in Victoria
  • NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian declared a week-long state of emergency from Friday due to the bushfire crisis
  • The cooler conditions will last through Friday, but there are warnings that Saturday in both NSW and Victoria could be worse than the ones that started the deadly fires on New Year’s Eve
  • For more information on the NSW fires, please visit the RFS website, follow them on Twitter, or use the RFS app linked from their website
  • To stay up to date on the Victoria fires, visit the Vic Emergency website, follow them on Twitter, or use the Vic Emergency app linked from their website

You can also find out about emergency information about the fires by listening to ABC Local Radio:

Take a look back at today’s coverage of the bushfires on this blog or read our key stories of the NSW and Victoria fires.

Stay healthy.

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If you are in these areas of NSW, the RFS says you must leave tomorrow

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Bad news for the unpowered near Putty, southwest of Singleton in NSW N

Repair teams trying to restore power have resigned because of the fire hazard, Ausgrid said in a tweet.

The company says safety assessments are ongoing and repairs to the Gospers Mountain bushfire zone will continue as soon as it is safe.

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More people in Victoria have been asked to go via text messaging

Local residents and tourists in parts of northeast Victoria have been sent SMS notifications urging them to leave as soon as possible as they fear the risk of fire will worsen.

Officials fear that hot and windy conditions could cause large bushfires in Corryong and across the border in NSW to “suck up” each other and melt into one giant fire.

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Are you wondering how to donate?

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If you want and are in the fortunate position of being able to give something back, read this article to find out where to donate, what items are needed now, and if you can volunteer your time for the people affected in the bushfires. January 2nd, 2020 at 9:20 am Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 9:20 am

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There is a total fire ban in the ACT on Friday and Saturday

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These fires burn at the guard and crime level in NSW and Victoria

A quick summary: There are currently no emergency-level fires in NSW or Victoria.

There are three fires Burning watch and action in NSW. You are:

  • Currowan
  • Dunns Road
  • Green valley, Talmalmo

NSW RFS

And there are 11 fire while watching and trading in Victoria:

  • Upper snowy area
  • Cann valley
  • Mallacoota area
  • West of Goongerah
  • Northwest of Anglers Rest
  • East southeast of Abbeyard
  • North of Bairnsdale
  • Tambo crossing to Omeo
  • Alpine National Park
  • Buchan Valley
  • West-northwest of Walwa

Vic emergency

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These texts will be sent to everyone in the Upper Ovens Valley and Kiewa Valley

abc news

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If you are in Ovens and Upper Murray in Victoria, leave today

CFA updates / VicEmergency

The CFA and Vic Emergency warn everyone in Ovens Valley, King Valley, Mt Buller and the Upper Murray areas in Victoria leave today.

They urge everyone to stay out of these areas on Friday and Saturday.

“If you don’t leave today, you may become isolated and your route to safer places may be blocked.

“Road closures can occur, including roads that have recently reopened when threatened or affected by fire,” Vic Emergency said in a statement.

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Fraudsters take advantage of the deaths of father and son in the fires

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Less than a day after Robert and Patrick Salway died in Cobargo on the south coast of NSW, scammers created a fake online fundraiser to raise funds for “funeral expenses.”

They managed to raise nearly $ 4,000 from about 60 people before it closed.

The scammers used a relative’s name to run the scam campaign on Go Get Funding.

Read more about what happened here.

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Tomorrow there is a total fire ban in NSW

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Thu 2nd Jan 2020 at 8:29 am Thursday 2nd Jan 2020 at 8:29 am

By Liam Butterworth

“We do what we can”

Chris Mulherin is an Anglican Minister who runs a youth program in Mallacoota. He recently spoke to Andrew Geoghegan on ABC News and said it was a very sad time for the city.

“The mood in town depends on who you are. Fifty or 100 people have completely lost their homes and that is of course tragic for them and they have put up with walking around with their cars. She had nothing in the morning and she got herself some clothes to get through the day.

“We do what we can. I’ve met a number of people who have lost their homes. I spoke to a man who said he was a local and he said he lost it all get up a bit. It’s pretty sad. There are people like this everywhere trying to figure out what to do next. For him it was how he could get to his family in Bairnsdale, who will then take him to Melbourne, where he has a daughter. So … this community is a bit … the locals are a bit resigned to it too. You know these are possibilities. And then there are all the tourists who in our case don’t want to be in the way, but at the same time people want to talk and there are no solutions for them other than just listening and hearing their stories.

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Posted January 1st, 2020 January 1st, 2020, Updated January 26, 2020 January 26, 2020

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