Home destroyed in Blue Mountains bushfire

7.50PM EDT UPDATE: THE NSW Rural Fire Service says the Katoomba bushfire which destroyed at least one home and badly damaged several others on Saturday afternoon may have been deliberately lit.

At 7.20pm EDT, the fire was burning along an inaccessible cliff face below Cliff Drive.

The Rural Fire Service says the immediate threat to properties has eased, and the warning level has been scaled back from Emergency to Watch and Act, but there’s still plenty of work to be done to bring the blaze under control.


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Around 200 firefighters will continue to work on the fire where it is safe to do so throughout the night and into tomorrow.

Strong winds caused the blaze to flare up on Saturday afternoon and burn towards homes on Cliff Drive, Brougham Street, Essendene Road and Moss Street.

At last count, authorities confirmed one home had been destroyed with a “small number” of other homes left badly damaged.

At this stage, the fire is being treated as suspicious with investigators looking into a cause.

It comes 12 months after a fierce firestorm ripped through the Blue Mountains and destroyed more than 200 homes. 

Residents in the area should continue to monitor the situation and know what to do if the situation changes.

Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

EARLIER: AN EMERGENCY situation is unfolding in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney this afternoon where an out-of-control bushfire has destroyed at least one home and damaged several others.

The NSW Rural Fire Service issued an emergency warning on Saturday afternoon after the blaze flared up and broke containment lines on the outskirts of Katoomba during strong winds.

It’s understood evacuations are now underway in some parts of the mountain community as the threat escalates and flames approach homes on Cliff Drive, Brougham Street, Essendene Road and Moss Street.

Authorities have confirmed at least one home is destroyed, while several others are badly damaged.

Residents have been urged to monitor the situation, be aware of burning embers ahead of the fire front, and to seek shelter if the fire impacts on property. 

Additional firefighters have been sent to the fire with earlier thunderstorm activity limiting the use of water-bombing aircraft.

Earlier, temperatures soared to near 40C in the area with Sydney Airport peaking at 37C – the hottest day recorded so far this year.

At 5pm, the Rural Fire Service said there were 600 firefighters fighting 72 blazes across the state, 37 of which were uncontained.

It comes after more than 200 homes were destroyed during last year’s bushfire season which devastated the Blue Mountains. 

Continue to stay up to date with the bush fire situation by checking http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au, listening to your local radio station or by calling the NSW RFS Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

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