NSW bushfires: almost 100 winter wildfires burn from border to border

Joanna Estrada
August 16, 2018

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock left her post as NSW Parliamentary Speaker and raced back to her devastated electorate.

"Under these conditions, fires are uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving", the RFS said. "Seek shelter if the fire impacts".

Residents near the fire were seen covering their faces in a bid to escape the smoke that were rising above their homes.

But two of the Rural Fire Services' greatest weapons - two huge water bombers - weren't in action on Wednesday because they had not yet arrived from the U.S. ahead of the Australian summer.

"We do get fires in August, but the big difference is 100 per cent of the state is drought declared", he said.

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

Ms Curran said the ground near Milton is "dry as, it's crunchy underfoot".

Nearby resident Barry Matthews said "absolutely howling" winds woke him about 6am.

More than 500 firefighters worked overnight to control dozens of fires across NSW after gusty winds on Wednesday caused a number of fires to burn out of control, threatening and damaging properties on the state's south coast at Nowra, Ulladulla and Bemboka. Unless we get substantial rainfall, we are really concerned for the summer'.

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

Fire crews had already been on high alert with warm and windy weather forecast across the state.

The whole of the state was declared in drought last week and the dry conditions and strong winds fanned the blazes yesterday.

Emergency warnings have been issued for both bushfires, and some people have been told it is "too late to leave".

The fire is now moving in an easterly direction.

Even without an early declaration of the fire season - which brings restrictions on burning-off activities - authorities are understood to have been preparing to shift assets to regions that are considered to have especially high fire risks this spring.

With 96 winter bushfires still burning across the state, the footage has horrified firefighters battling to control the blazes.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons was confident the firefighters would gain the upper hand on the most troublesome blazes, but winds of up to 60km/h were still going to be problematic.

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

The NSW RFS said emergency alert messages had been sent to residents in the area, however, Kate Melzer, who lives in the danger zone, said she "had not been told anything".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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