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Jan 2, 2020
An evacuation order has been issued for the Kosciuszko National Park and resorts within the area. The park itself is closed to visitors but people living within the boundaries have been told to get out by 10 am on Friday. The Rural Fire Service said it feared that prevailing winds could move the fire eastwards which would take it closer to the Namadgi National Park and Canberra. Guests in Thredbo were preparing to leave on Thursday afternoon. "We are under planned evacuation at the moment," a worker at one business said. "A lot of people have left. The whole planned evacuation means that everybody stays calm," she said. "The guests that are still here understand that they have to get ready to leave." On Thursday afternoon, it was not clear that everybody was leaving. The receptionist at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel couldn't say whether they would leave. The mayor of Snowy Valleys Council, James Hayes, urged residents who don't need to be in the region impacted by fire to leave. "If you've got somewhere you can go, friends you can visit, get there," he said. The Mannus Correctional Centre near Tumbarumba was to be evacuated, according to Corrective Services NSW. Extra staff were being brought in to help with the evacuation, with all 155 minimum security inmates going to Junee Correctional Centre. Assistant Commissioner Custodial Kevin Corcoran said in a statement: "The safety of our staff and inmates is paramount when deciding whether to evacuate a correctional centre." Wednesday's national parks statement said: "All people located in Kosciuszko National Park must exit Kosciuszko National Park boundaries before the deadline of 10am Friday," a statement on the National Parks website reads. "This is an essential measure to protect life. "This is not a fire season that NSW has seen before. It is hotter and drier than we have previously experienced." The national parks assessment at 11.32 am on Thursday said: Current situation: There are large fires to the west and south of Kosciuszko National Park (the park) that will move in an easterly direction in coming days There are multiple other fires within the park which could expand in coming days. Lightning and ember attacks may result in additional fires It is unlikely that these fires will be contained in the coming days or weeks The current weather forecast indicates that Saturday January 4 will be a bad fire weather day. Fires are likely to spread quickly prior to and during this Saturday This is not a fire season that NSW has seen before. It is hotter and drier than we have previously experienced. The township of Tumbarumba and the region around it were on high alert, with warnings that two nearby fires converge into a mega-blaze on Saturday. Witnesses said there was a "scene of devastation between Batlow and Tumbarumba". The RFS was advising residents to enact their fire plans. Landholders were warned to prepare for worsening conditions on Saturday. Pictures from Pound Creek Road outside Tumbarumba showing just how close the Dunns Road bushfire has come to houses. Picture: Supplied The NSW Department of Primary Industries and the Local Land Services urged landholders in the region to activate their bush fire survival plan and to consider moving livestock off site. Like much of the state, conditions are forecast to deteriorate on Saturday on the fire ground, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Abrar Shabren said. The blaze has the potential to start its own fire-generated thunderstorm, Mr Shabren said. "There is an elevated fire danger for Saturday with a possible gusty thunderstorm as well," he said. "It's quite dangerous because of new ignitions." Erratic wind behaviour is forecast with both easterly and westerly winds to impact the fire ground in the coming days. NSW Rural Fire Service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said earlier that the fire had significant potential to cause damage to towns. "It's burning not too far to the west of Batlow and we're obviously concerned about the impact on that town and days to come," he said.