Kosciuszko and Thredbo residents to evacuate due to bushfires

Photo credit: Fire and Rescue Jindabyne

An evacuation notice is in place for Kosciuszko National Park due to bushfires. All people located within the national park and ski resorts must begin evacuating now to abide by the 10.00am Friday deadline. 

The park is closed for entry and currently only permanent residents and essential staff are allowed entry. However from 10.00am Friday everyone must have left the region. 

Due to the number of bushfires currently burning in the nation, resources available to the area are limited. All property owners, visitors and residents need to act now to protect their assets and ensure their safety.

The danger time is from this Friday. Saturday’s weather conditions will deteriorate with high winds and temperatures and a severe fire danger combined with large fires to the west and south of Kosciuszko National Park that are expected to move east. 

Emergency services and Fire and Rescue do not believe that the fires will be contained in the coming days or weeks and that fires are likely to spread quickly prior to and during this weekend. 

Evacuation centres for residents have been set up at Club Tumut Bowling Club and the Cooma Showgrounds.

UPDATE: Jindabyne visitors ordered to leave.

Check the NSW National Parks page for updates. Also the Fire and Rescue NSW 338 Jindabyne Facebook Page and Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW SES Snowy River Unit. 

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