Homes destroyed in Bega Valley bushfire

Two homes in the Bega Valley were destroyed by bushfire this afternoon while firefighters continue to battle a blaze south of Nowra.

The Millingandi bushfire, around five kilometres south of Merimbula on the South Coast, jumped the Princes Highway into Bournda Nature Reserve this afternoon. Residents around Wolumla Village were forced to evacuate to the towns of Bega or Merimbula around 5pm as the fire threatened properties in the area.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) confirmed that two homes and two sheds were lost near Bega.

Meantime, firefighters battled against the Deans Gap bushfire, which has destroyed more than 9000 hectares since it began on Monday, January 7. The fire, seven kilometres west of Sussex Inlet, is out of control night but does not pose a threat to properties. 

The NSW RFS said there was a chance the blaze could jump containment lines and firefighters were continuing to monitor the situation.

Residents in the Shoalhaven are also on high alert tonight after a fire began near Barringella Creek, around 12 kilometres west of Nowra.

The fire, which is spreading in a northerly direction, poses a threat to properties along the Shoalhaven River, Burrier Road, Yalwal Road, and the area east of the Bamerang Nature Reserve. 

An emergency warning was issued to residents around 6.20pm. 

Visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for more information.

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