11.30PM: A BUSHFIRE burning in the Blue Mountains has been downgraded from Emergency Warning level.
A Watch and Act is now in place for residents in the Warrimoo and Valley Heights area, with residents urged to monitor conditions.
Winds have started to ease and more than 250 firefighters are working to assess how far the fire has moved during the wind change.
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If conditions allow, backburning will be undertaken overnight in an effort to contain the fire which will lead to increased smoke and fire activity in the area.
Residents are asked to be aware of burning embers and to “seek immediate shelter” if the fire impacts.
9.46PM: AN emergency warning remains in place for a bushfire burning out-of-control in the Blue Mountains, with firefighters working to protect homes in the area as a gusty southerly change sweeps through the area.
The change has cause the fire to flare up and burning embers are being blown north towards Greens Road in Warrimoo, and Russell Avenue, Coolabah Road and Angophora Place in Valley Heights.
The NSW Rural Fire Service warns the fire may impact on homes in this area.
Be aware of burning embers and if the fire does impact on your home, seek immediate shelter to protect yourself from the heat of the fire. Emergency Alert telephone warnings are being sent to homes and mobile phones in the area.
The Rural Fire Service warns those in the area around Greens Road in Warrimoo, and Russell Avenue, Coolabah Road and Angophora Place in Valley Heights, to be aware of burning embers.
9.30PM: AN EMERGENCY warning remains in place for an out-of-control bushfire raging in the Blue Mountains tonight.
A gusty southerly change has now reached the fire ground at Warrimoo and Blaxland, and as a result, activity has flared up.
The fire is continuing to burn in the area around Baden Place and Bridge Road at Blaxland, with those in the area told to seek shelter if the fire impacts and protection from the heat of the fire.
Crews remain stationed in place to protect homes, and the fire will remain at Emergency Warning level as the change moves through.
Residents north of the blaze, around Warrimoo Shops and just to the north of the Great Western Highway should be on alert for burning embers and thick smoke.
The Great Western Highway is open and train services are operating.
8.30PM: AN EMERGENCY warning remains in place for an out-of-control bushfire which continues to burn at Blaxland and Warrimoo in the Blue Mountains this evening.
The fire is currently burning in the area around Baden Place and Bridge Road at Blaxland with residents in the area told to seek shelter if the fire impacts and seek protection from the fire’s heat.
The NSW Rural Fire Service advises a gusty southerly change is expected to move across the fire ground anytime around 9pm, which could send the fire in a northerly direction.
People to the north of the fire, around Warrimoo Shops and just to the north of the Great Western Highway should be alert to smoke and burning embers.
It’s expected the fire will remain at Emergency Warning level until the change moves through the area.
Earlier this afternoon, the fire burned from the area of Greens Parade at Warrimoo in a south-easterly direction towards Baden Place, Blaxland.
The Great Western Highway is now open and train services have resumed.
5:00PM: AN OUT-OF-CONTROL bushfire raging in the Blue Mountains continues to burn towards homes and schools this afternoon.
An emergency warning remains in place, with more than 200 firefighters and several aircraft working to contain the blaze and protect homes west of the Great Western Highway between Warrimoo and Blaxland.
The fire is burning in a south easterly direction towards Baden Place, Blaxland. As a result, the Great Western Highway has been closed in both directions.
Motorists are urged to avoid the area – trains have also been affected.
Residents around Baden Place and Bridge Road at Blaxland have been told to be alert for possible burning embers and to seek shelter as the fire impacts.
Students at Warrimoo Public School are safe and have been cared for by staff. Meanwhile, a small number of children remain at Blaxland School with staff while all others have gone home.
2:48PM: AN EMERGENCY situation is unfolding in the NSW Blue Mountains this afternoon where an out-of-control bushfire is raging towards homes and schools.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has issued an emergency warning for the blaze which is currently burning in difficult to reach bushland between Greens Road and Florabella Street at Warrimoo.
It’s headed in a south-easterly direction towards Baden Place, Blaxland, with crews working to contain spot fires that have developed ahead of the main fire front.
Students at Warrimoo Public School are sheltering in the school hall and are being cared for by staff with parents being given supervised access to the school by Police.
The area is crawling with close to 50 firefighters and has been saturated by close to a dozen fire trucks as a precaution. Water bombing aircraft have also been deployed to the area.
Residents around Baden Place in Blaxland are being told to leave now if the path is clear, or seek shelter if the fire impacts and to protect themselves from the heat of the fire.
Thick smoke is covering the area and residents are urged to alert for possible burning embers. The Rural Fire Service advises well prepared and actively defended homes can offer safety during the fire.
Traffic is heavy on the Great Western Highway, with motorists urged to avoid the area and be mindful of fire trucks in the area.
Firefighters were battling close to 50 fires across the state at midday.