Illawarra strike teams assists with Holsworthy bushfire emergency

The view from Norman Avenue, Hammondville, this afternoon. Picture: Keira Hine
The view from Norman Avenue, Hammondville, this afternoon. Picture: Keira Hine

An Illawarra RFS strike team is on its way to assist with a bushfire emergency at Holsworthy. 

The fire has reportedly reached the Holsworthy army barracks, with fire crews setting up a 200-metre exclusion zone as part of efforts to protect a large fuel storage area. 

The "fast-moving" grass fire began about 2.30pm off Casula Road.

Crews are responding to a fire in the vicinity of Moorebank Road at Wattle Grove. Photo: RFS

Crews are responding to a fire in the vicinity of Moorebank Road at Wattle Grove. Photo: RFS

It is burning out of control, close to homes on Moorebank Avenue and Somercotes Court at Wattle Grove.

Parts of the northern Illawarra have been blanketed in haze from the fire. 

​The blaze is travelling in a south-easterly direction through the Holsworthy military complex and has impacted on Holsworthy Hospital.

Smoke from the fire is visible from Hill 60 at Stanwell Park. Picture: Georgia Matts

Smoke from the fire is visible from Hill 60 at Stanwell Park. Picture: Georgia Matts

Residents in the Wattle Grove community and the Holsworthy military complex have been advised to shelter in place.

If not prepared, the RFS has advised residents in Voyager Point, Pleasure Point and Sandy Point to leave now to the south, towards Heathcote. Do not travel in a westerly direction.

Emergency Alert messages are being sent to people in the area, while aircraft has been deployed to assist firefighters on the ground.

As at 5.08pm, the fire has yet to cross Holsworthy Road. Firefighters are working to hold the blaze on the western side of the road, as part of their containment strategy. 

Advice from the NSW RFS:

Put your Bush Fire Survival Plan into action. If you do not have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, know what you will do if the fire threatens your property.

Well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.

Other Information:

If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking Fires Near Me, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

If you live in the area but are away from home, it may not be safe to return to your property.

For information on road closures, check here. Roads may be closed without warning.