For those evacuating from homes in fire zones, or for tourists forced to leave holiday locations, here’s all you need to know about what’s available.
For the most up-to-date information
Listen to local media – 1494 2AY, 104.9 Hit FM, 105.7 Triple M and 106.5 ABC Goulburn Murray.
See the NSW RFS Fires Near Me page for current incidents
Bush Fire Information Line – 1800 679 737
Road closures can be found at Live Traffic NSW or call 132 701
There are currently a number of bushfires affecting parts of Victoria’s High Country. A State of Disaster has been declared for six local government areas across Victoria, as well as the Alpine Resorts. Ensure you stay aware of incidents and warnings via the VicEmergency app or website at emergency.vic.gov.au and check VicRoads Traffic before travelling.
Emergency Relief Centres (temporary places situated away from the location of the emergency) are places offering basic support services and where individuals can go to register their details on Register.Find.Unite. These places offer access to support services to assist with your immediate needs such as clothing, food, blankets, first aid and information.
In Albury, assistance is available at:
– Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift Street Albury. Team members from AlburyCity and NSW Department of Communities and Justice are on hand to help people displaced by the fires. People in need of help can call into the Elizabeth Room at the AEC between 9 am and 5 pm for food, water, advice on accommodation options or general support. Registration facilities will also be provided so that travellers can be sure their loved ones will be advised that they’re safe.
– Evacuees travelling with animals, including horses, can find accommodation and support at the Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre in Corry’s Road, Thurgoona. Powered camping sites and amenities are available. Please note, the Equestrian Centre is NOT a designated fire evacuation centre.
– The Albury Showgrounds are offering camping for people displaced by the fires. Please contact Jan Doyle on 0408644046.
In Wodonga, assistance is available at:
– The Cube Wodonga, 118 Hovell St, Wodonga.
Team members from the Department of Health and Human Services, Wodonga Council and the Red Cross are on hand to help people displaced by the fires. People in need of help should call into The Cube Wodonga, as the first point of reference for food, water, advice on accommodation options and general support. Registration facilities are also available so that travellers can be sure their loved ones will be advised that they’re safe.
– Australia Defence Force Accommodation Centre: Latchford Barracks, 81 Bonegilla Rd, Bonegilla
– Wodonga Showgrounds, Hamilton Smith Drive, Wodonga remains available for those with self-catered caravans, motor homes, tents, RVs and for people with animals. As of January 8, this is no longer an official relief centre, however, is still available for accommodation if needed.
Accommodation is readily available in both cities, Albury Visitor Information Centre has a list of vacancies and will be able to assist you to find suitable accommodation. The Centre is located in the Railway Precinct at the eastern end of Smollett Street and open Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, and weekends 10 am – 3 pm. You can call the Centre on 1300252879.
Fresh drinking water is available from the car park area in the Albury Railway Precinct, just down from the Visitor Information Centre. A dump point is located nearby.
Albury Showground and Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre have opened their facilities for caravans and campers. Shower and toilet amenities are on-site and some powered sites are available. Both locations will welcome pets on leads. If you have been evacuated and have horses, stabling is available. Wodonga Showgrounds is also available for those with self-catered caravans, motor homes, tents, RVs and for people with animals. For more information, contact the Visitor Information Centre.
*Please note, these options are not designated evacuation centres.
You can use Register.Find.Unite to find someone, if you have friends or family you are unable to locate.
We are all wanting to support the areas affected by fires, however, please remember that some of these areas are not yet ready to welcome visitors. Stay abreast of updates by checking Vic Emergency and RFS Fires Near Me before travelling.