NSW south coast homes under threat from two out-of-control bushfires

Judy Cobb
August 19, 2018

A total fire ban was issued for Sydney, the Illawarra and Hunter regions on Wednesday - something not seen so early in the season in almost a decade.

"Under these conditions, fires are uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving", the RFS said.

A 300-hectare fire burns out of control at Bemboka. Last week 100 per cent of the state was declared either "in drought" or "drought affected".

"We do get fires in August, but the big difference is 100 per cent of the state is in drought and these winds are making the fires so hard to suppress", he said. "It's only been three months since the last fire we had in Holsworthy in April".

She had to leave after the wind picked up and she was overcome by smoke on the property.

"It's shaping up to be a long fire season if we don't get any drought-breaking rain".

He watched the fire as he ate his breakfast before he was evacuated about 9am.

The Milton bushfires on Narang Rd, Bomaderry. The RFS said while the blaze is burning close to properties, crews are on scene to protect them.

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Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology is warning Queenslanders to prepare for the high chance of fires. with dry and windy conditions forecast for the weekend.

"The conditions are pretty well stacked against them in terms of just how dry it is and how windy it is but it's obviously better than it was yesterday", he told the ABC on Thursday.

A very high fire danger and winds up to 70km/h are expected on Thursday for the New England, Northern Slopes and Far North Coast regions - including near Grafton and Lismore.

Countering the ability to bolster resources is the deployment of about 200 firefighters to North America at the start of August, many of them from NSW.

An aircraft helps to fight the fire at North Nowra.

"In my time I don't recall quite as many fires and the length and breadth of the fires", he said.

Emergency warnings were issued to residents at Mount Kingiman, south of Ulladulla, and in North Nowra on Wednesday morning, with some told it is too late to leave.

Embers are also creating spot fires, which are posing a more immediate risk to properties.RFS advises residents to put their Bush Fire Survival Plans into action now.If you don't have a plan, decide what action you will take if the fire threatens your property.Leaving early is noted to be the safest option.

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