With hundreds of fires burning up the east coast of Australia, fire authorities are telling communities that they cannot be safe if they do not follow fire agency advice. If you are given the advice to leave, leave immediately as it will soon be too late, and your life will be at risk. An example is, the New South Wales south coast town of Eden has been told to evacuate if they are not able to defend yourself.
Dozens of people have taken refuge on Eden’s wharf but police warned their safety could not be guaranteed.
“There is an imminent risk to the area of Eden,” a police officer told a meeting of gathered residents and tourists on Sunday morning.
“This is not considered a safe place to be,” he said several times.
“If you’ve not got transport out of Eden, transport will be made available for you to be transported to a safe location,” he said.
Police have urged people to go to Merimbula and Bega where evacuation centres are located.
The second example is the town of Wonboyn; As many as 30 people may be isolated in the small village of Wonboyn on the NSW south coast after the 52,000-hectare Border Fire tore through the region. “There’s a search and rescue operation for those who may still be trapped in townships such as Wonboyn,” RFS spokesman Ben Shepherd told the ABC on Sunday afternoon.
“Indications are that there were at least 20 to 30 people who were at the Rural Fire Service shed at Wonboyn. We are working to get access to them.”
These scenarios are being played out along the coast as more and more people are being impacted by these Mega Fires. And they are getting larger as the fires join together.
A Rural Fire Service spokesperson said these fires will take months to extinguish.