UPDATE: Upper Horseshoe Creek at Advice Level

UPDATE October 17: Upper Horseshoe Creek fire has been downgraded to Advice level.

Original story below

NSW RFS has issued an Emergency Warning for the Horseshoe Creek Rd, Upper Horseshoe Creek fire in the Kyogle LGA.

The fire is burning in the vicinity of Horseshoe Creek Road and Sargents Road.

It is too late to leave, NSW RFS said.

Residents of Horseshoe Creek Road, Sargents Road and Wainwrights Road and nearby should seek shelter in a solid structure such as a house. If you are in Barkers Vale, in the vicinity of Twin Pines Road and Williams Road leave now if not prepared. Leave towards Kyogle travelling south along Williams Road.

Do not be caught in the open in the path of the fire.

The fire at Upper Horseshoe Creek has burned 135 hectares and the hot, windy conditions are not helping with the control of the fire.

Some residents are leaving

“It’s roaring,” a local said.

The evacuation centre for residents is the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall in Stratheden Street, Kyogle.

If you don’t have a plan, in the first instance, please make your way safely to family and friends. If this is not possible, go the Supper Room at the back of the KMI on the corner of Stratheden Street and Roxy Lane, Kyogle. Here you can register with FACS and get assistance with emergency accommodation if needed.

You can register where you are at www.register.redcross.org.au

At 6pm, there were 77 fires burning across the state, with 38 not yet contained. Three of these fires are at an Emergency Warning level. More than 800 firefighters are working across the state.

Stay up to date with the Fires Near Me site.

The fire at Upper Horseshoe Creek. Photo: Venessa Kook.
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