UPDATE @ 11.00am: A TOTAL fire ban has been declared for Sydney, Illawarra and the Hunter.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said conditions in the area are deteriorating, with stronger winds than originally forecast.
The fire ban is effective immediately and will be in place until midnight tonight.
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Meanwhile, fire crews are desperately working to control a fire burning between West Cambrewarra Rd and the Princes Highway at North Nowra.
The fire is moving in an easterly direction toward the Princes Highway and Bomaderry.
Authorities say firefighters are on scene protecting properties in the area and emergency alert telephone messages have been sent to residents.
EARLIER @ 10.30am: A raging bushfire is burning out of control in Woodstock and Ulladulla on the NSW South Coast.
An emergency warning has been issued for the blaze at Mount Kingiman, with strong winds making it difficult for fire crews to control.
“The fire is burning in the vicinity of Woodstock Rd west of Burrill Lake. It is moving in a south-easterly direction towards Burrill Lake under strong north westerly winds,” The NSW Rural Fire Service said in a statement.
“Spot fires are occurring ahead of the main fire fire front.”
Firefighters from #NSWRFS and @FRNSW working to protect homes at the Croobyar Rd, Mount Kingiman fire near Burrill Lake. An evacuation centre has been set up at Ulladulla Civic Centre for residents who have relocated. #nswfires pic.twitter.com/F94S6jeAsi
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) August 15, 2018
Residents in area of Woodstock have been told it’s too late to leave and are being urged to seek shelter in a solid structure.
Those in towns of Burrill Lake, Kings Point and south of Ulladulla who are not prepared, or if their plan is to leave, have been told to head north into central Ulladulla.
An evacuation centre has been set up at Ulladulla Civic Centre for residents who have relocated.
Emergency Alert messages have been sent to residents in the area and firefighters are in place to protect properties and are being supported by a number of helicopters.
“Under these conditions, fires are uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving. Embers will be blown up to 6km ahead of the fire, creating spot fires that will move quickly and in different directions. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front,” the NSW Rural Fire service warned.
.@NSWRFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers says the bushfire burning at Mount Kingiman on the NSW south coast is causing a lot of problems and spreading ‘very aggressively’.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) August 14, 2018