Rolling coverage: Watershed fire (Boorowa)

5.55pm: The RFS has downgraded the fire status to 'Watch and Act'.

5.30pm: An update from Peter Dyce at Yass RFS. The fire has definitely turned north, north-west, which is pushing it towards Murringo (not Frogmore as earlier reported).

The fire is no risk to Boorowa at this time.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Harden, but there are no evacuation orders current. Those who wish to leave, or who have respiratory or other issues which make it difficult for them to stay, can attend the Harden evacuation centre, at the Harden Country Club.

Residents in the vicinity should continue to monitor the situation.

4.14pm: A wind change has forced the fire away from Boorowa. The fire was within five kilometres of the town, coming from the east. However, a south-easterly wind is now pushing the fire towards the north west.

The fire had travelled 16 kilometres in half an hour.

The Harden Country Club has been opened as the designated evacuation centre. The best way to get there is via the Boorowa/Harden Road.

A taskforce of seven tankers and a smaller vehicle have left from the Yass area. Fire control is working on getting another taskforce ready to go.

BREAKING: The fire is currently five kilometres south-west of Boorowa.

An emergency warning has been issued this afternoon for a fire burning out of control near Boorowa. For the latest information visit the RFS website.

The Rural Fire Service said properties in the Moppity area and along Galong Murringo Road are at threat. The fire is burning near Harden Road and Campbellfields Road.

Peter Dyce from the RFS in Yass said the fire moved 10 kilometres in the first hour.

“There’s a lot of country been burnt out… It’s not looking real good out there,” Superintendent Dyce told Yassfm.

He said there were scattered farm houses in the area but Boorowa was not under threat.

Fire crews have been sent from the Upper Lachlan and Goulburn area, as well as from Sutton and Gundaroo.

A tanker from Fire and Rescue NSW in Yass also went to Young to be on standby.

The RFS says the fire is burning in an easterly direction towards Boorowa. People in the area between the fire and Boorowa are advised to leave toward Boorowa, if it’s safe to do so.

“The fire may reach the outskirts of Boorowa anytime in the next two hours. More than 50 fire trucks are on scene,” the RFS said.

“Follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, ensure you know what you will do if the fire threatens your property,” the RFS said.

Only homes that are specially designed and constructed or modified to withstand a fire, and that are properly prepared and actively defended, may provide safety.

If you are in doubt or it is not safe to leave, seek immediate shelter when the fire front arrives.

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