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NSW bushfires threatening properties as hot, windy conditions stoke flames

Tuesday December 3, 2019 - 23:56 EDT
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A single vehicle car crash sparked the fire near Cessnock. - ABC

More than 100 fires were burning across NSW on Tuesday night due to warm and windy conditions, with an emergency situation continuing at the Currowan fire on the South Coast.

That blaze is burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla and spreading quickly towards Kioloa, Pretty Beach, Pebbly Beach, Depot Beach and Durras North.

Residents in those areas have been told it is too late to leave and firefighters are working to protect homes.

The fire is also moving east and those in Termeil and Flat Rock have also been urged to take shelter.

A tweet from the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) shows the intense, smoky conditions firefighters are battling, including hugely limited visibility.

The bushfire, which has burnt almost 30,000 hectares, has closed the Princes Highway between Burrill Lake and the Kings Highway turnoff.

Evacuation centres have been set up for the surrounding areas at the Ulladulla Civic Centre and the Mackay Park Function Centre at Batemans Bay.

A fire in the Yengo and Dharug national parks was also burning at emergency level earlier but has since been downgraded.

Those in the surrounding areas of Mangrove Creek, Greengrove and Lower Mangrove should still enact their bushfire survival plan.

Earlier, residents around Pelaw Main, east of Cessnock, came under threat from a bushfire caused by a single-vehicle car crash on Leggetts Drive.

However the threat to properties has also now been downgraded.

Fires burning near Cranebrook, north of Penrith, were also encroaching on properties earlier but an emergency warning has similarly been downgraded to watch and act.

Residents in the area of Smeeton Road, Londonderry and Cranebrook are now being told to monitor conditions.

Ben Shepherd from the RFS said fires across the state had flared up on Tuesday afternoon as it became hotter and the wind picked up.

"It is going to be an interesting 48 hours as we start to see some of the fires really spread through the landscape," he said.


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