Leave now warning as fire upgraded to ’emergency’

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PEOPLE have been told to leave and properties are under threat in the areas of Boboyan Road, Apollo Road and Top Naas Road immediately, as the ESA issues an “emergency” warning as the Orroral Valley Fire becomes “very dangerous”.
“Leaving immediately is the safest option. Soon it will be too dangerous to drive,” the agency warns.”

The fire is travelling in a south east direction towards Boboyan Road, Apollo Road and Top Naas Road and is out of control. Properties may be impacted by embers well ahead of the fire causing spot fires.

“Properties are under threat – leave now if you are able to,” says the ESA.  “Firefighters are on scene. The size of the fire is currently 2978. Under current conditions, a fire is difficult to control.

“Helicopters are water-bombing and undertaking aerial surveillance.”

Boboyan Road is closed from Namadgi Visitor Centre and south from Shannons Flat. This road is only open to people evacuating.

“If you are in the areas of Boboyan Road the safest route is south towards Shannons Flat,” says the ESA.”If you are in the areas of Apollo Road and Top Naas Road the safest route is north towards Tharwa along Naas Road.

“This route has been cleared and is being monitored by emergency services for people evacuating.”

An evacuation centre has been opened at Erindale College.

There is currently no threat to properties in Tharwa or Canberra suburbs.

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