Fires rage as temps soar in NSW



UPDATE: More than 60 water bombing aircraft have been deployed to assist 180 fire trucks on the ground in the NSW as more than 40 blazes burn across the state.

At 5pm AEDT, the NSW Rural Fire Service said 800 fire fighters from various departments were out in the field battling 45 bush and grass fires.


At the time of writing, all fires were listed at Advice level.

EARLIER: Fire fighters are battling dozens of blazes burning across NSW, fanned by extreme temperatures and gusty winds.

At the time of writing, the NSW Rural Fire Service said there were 43 bush and grass fires burning across the state, one of which was at Watch & Act level.

The hottest place in the state so far today has been at Narrandera in the state’s Riverina region where the mercury hit 42 degrees celsius at 3pm.

In Wagga Wagga, 100 kilometres east of Narrandera, the temperature was hovering around 40 degrees.

There’s relief on the horizon however, with a storm front associated with a cooler change slowly making its way east across the state.