The NSW Rural Fire Service declared 'Extreme' fire danger for New England yesterday.
At time of going to press, bush fires burn to the north and west of Guyra.
Fires at Llangothlin and Wandsworth are being controlled, and a fire at Ben Lomond has been brought under control.
The RFS advice for Tuesday remains current: "If your plan is to leave, or you and your property are not prepared, your safest option is to leave."
Armidale Regional Council reopened their information hub at the Guyra Showgrounds and meeting place at Kent House, Faulkner Street, Armidale, today.
"People are told to prepare for potential worst-case scenarios and to be safe," council staff member Sally Schofield said on Tuesday. "Be mindful, and stay updated."
Council advises people to regularly check the RFS website, use the Fires Near Me app, and listen to local ABC radio (101.9 FM) so they can monitor what is happening near them, and take action accordingly.
The Showgrounds hub have served as a Bushfire Neighbourhood Safer Place since Tuesday for residents who want to relocate.
Council passed on information from the NSW Rural Fire Service and helped residents to find accommodation last night; others have returned to their homes.
Contact phone numbers for assistance overnight are displayed at the Guyra hub building.
Kent House, Faulkner St, Armidale, served as a meeting place for people from Guyra on Tuesday.
Residents can take their pets to the Guyra Information Hub and Kent House.
Council rangers are also working with the RSPCA to take pets to the Armidale and Guyra companion animal shelters during the bushfire emergency. Around 30 cats and dogs are at the facilities as of Wednesday noon.
Local Lands Services NSW is helping with larger animals.
Large stock taken to the Guyra showgrounds are the responsibilities of their owners.
"Leaving early is the safest option for your survival," the RFS advises. "If you are not prepared to the highest level, leave early in the day. Only consider staying if you are prepared to the highest level - such as your home is specially designed, constructed or modified, and situated to withstand a fire, you are well prepared and can actively defend it if a fire starts."
All council outdoor crews have been redeployed to assist with fire control measures, including traffic control and keeping roads accessible to emergency vehicles.
Rural Fire Brigade crews are on standby at stations so they can respond immediately to fires.
Eleven schools in the region are closed, including Guyra Central School, St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School, Guyra Preschool & Long Day Care Centre, Ben Lomond Public School, and Armidale Waldorf School.
Deepwater Public School, Emmaville Central School, Ebor Public School, Chandler Public School, and Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre are also closed.
Residents at Guyra's Kolora facility were relocated to Inverell on Tuesday.
The Guyra library remains open, and entry to the Guyra pool will also be free on Wednesday.
Some Council services might not be available on Wednesday, council advised. Customer services will are available at the front counters of the Guyra and Armidale offices, and enquiries can be directed to 1300 136833.
A free community laundry, established to assist rural residents during the ongoing drought, is available at the Guyra showgrounds for people impacted by the fires.
For the most updated information on fires:
- Check out the RFS Fires Near Me page for current incidents
- Listen to local media
- Check social media such as NSW RFS Facebook and NSW RFS Twitter
- Phone the Bush Fire Information Line - 1800 679 737
If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech impairment, contact the RFS through the National Relay Service -
- TTY users phone 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 679 737;
- Speak and Listen users phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 679 737;
- Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 1800 679 737.
- To report a fire or emergency (TTY users only), access TTY 106.