LATEST AT 3.30PM AEDT | The bushfire crisis across New South Wales is deteriorating with ten emergency warnings currently in place.
The worst fears of fire authorities are being realised with warm temps and strong winds fanning more than 70 blazes across the State.
At least 40 of those fires are out of control.
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Three homes have reportedly been damaged near Taree.
Emergency Warnings in place for a number of blazes burning across northern New South Wales, the mid-north coast and the Hunter including:
- Rumba Dump, Hillville Road Fires – Wingham, Taree and Nabiac areas.
- Thunderbolts Way and Nowendoc Road at Nowendoc
- Reserves Rd, Mares Run with a fire burning towards Cooplacarripa.
- South West Rocks and Laurieton, including Kempsey, Telegraph Point, Port Macquarie, Wauchope and surrounding areas.
- Nambucca Heads and Stuarts Point, including Macksville and surrounding areas.
- Coramba, Nana Glen, Glenreagh and surrounding areas.
- Emmaville and Stannum near Tenterfield.
- Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap.
- Washpool State Forest near Coombadjha.
- North Rothbury in the Cesnock area.
Fire authorities are concerned the Hillville Rd fire will spread quickly towards the Coast and impact Wingham and the outskirts of Taree.
There’s also a worry the fire burning to the west of Coffs Harbour could impact the outskirts of town as well as Sawtell and Woolgoolga.
Catastrophic conditions are still being experience in the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter and Illawarra/Shoalhaven regions.
A fast moving grass fire broke out earlier at Llandilo in Sydney’s west with a Watch and Act alert issued.
Crews have now gained the upper hand with that alert downgraded.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says the day is unfolding as predicted.
“We are certainly starting to see an increase in fire activity and therefore the fire danger is increasing accordingly,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
“The reality is conditions will simply continue to get worse and deteriorate over the coming hours and particularly into this afternoon” driven by rising temperatures and high, dry winds.
For full details on the New South Wales bushfires head to the https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/