Bushfires threaten houses in Katoomba

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by StreetCorner

The NSW Rural Fire Service says the threat to homes near Cliff Drive and Birdwood Avenue at Katoomba has eased but an emergency warning remains in place as the fire continues to burn close to homes.

The bushfire is burning around Cliff Drive and Birdwood Avenue with more than 100 firefighters on the scene including crews from nearby areas. The fire has spread into the valley below homes and three waterbombing aircraft are working to contain the fire.

A number of homes have been evacuated in the area of Cliff Drive and Birdwood Avenue at Katoomba. Approximately 450 students from Katoomba High School have been evacuated to The Edge Cinema as a precaution.

A relocation point has been established at the Three Sisters Motel, Katoomba Street, Katoomba.

An Emergency Alert telephone message has been sent to approximately 230 mobile phones and 300 landlines in the area.

Tourists are advised to avoid the area, particularly around Echo Point (Three Sisters Lookout).

The Rural Fire Service is asking locals to check and follow their Bush Fire Survival Plan.

If you do not have a Plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option.

Other Information

* If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

* Continue to stay up-to-date with the bush fire situation by checking the RFS web site, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

* For information on road closures, check the RTA web site. Roads may be closed without warning.

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