Older News  » Thursday 24 October: 6:30 am School Update

Last updated 6:54 AM on 24 October 2013

We wake up to some great news! All schools are open in the Southern Highlands. Colo Vale is open as normal. I hope that the situation across the state continues to improve. Warnings remind us to continue to remain vigilant.

Fire continues to burn in the Southern Highlands near the villages of Yerrinbool, Balmoral, Yanderra, Pheasants Nest, Wilton, Bargo, Buxton, Hill Top, Alpine / Aylmerton and Couridjah in the Southern Highlands.

Current Situation

Crews are continuing to monitor conditions as winds have the potential to blow embers past containment lines.

More than 60 firefighters are in the area, working on the fire and patrolling the fireground.

A TOTAL FIRE BAN is in force for the Illawarra / Shoalhaven area until further notice.


Residents should remain vigilant, take conditions seriously and be ready to act.

Monitor the situation closely as conditions can change quickly. Put your Bush Fire Survival Plan into action. If your plan is to leave, or if you are not prepared, leave early. Well prepared, actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.