UPDATE | Boy accused of lighting bushfire in Sydney’s west

UPDATE 5/11/16 8:45AM AEDT | A teenager has been charged over a massive bushfire which tore through Sydney’s west.

It took more than 200 firefighters and airbombers to contain the blaze at Llandilo, which is believed to have destroyed a home on Friday.

At least seven properties were significantly damaged. Two schools and a nursing home nearby had to be evacuated. Stock losses are yet to be worked out.


Two males – aged 17 and 21 – were arrested on the corner of Cranebook and Londonderry roads, Cranebrook, about 4.40pm.

They were taken to Penrith Police Station and were later released without charge, pending further inquiries.

About 12.25am on Saturday, another boy, aged 16, was arrested at Penrith Railway Station.

He was taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless as to its spread.

Bail for the 16 year old is yet to be determined.

A total fire ban is in place on the New South

EARLIER 4/11/16 3.30PM AEDT: AN Emergency Warning has been issued for an out-of-control bushfire burning close to homes in Sydney’s west. Scroll down for videos & photos.

The NSW Rural Fire Service says the fire is currently burning in bushland near Vincent Road and the Northern Road at Llandilo and Londonderry.

More than 100 firefighters are on the scene working to contain the fire and protect properties. Emergency Alert telephone warning messages are now being sent to homes in the area.

Additional firefighters are being sent to assist efforts on the ground while the Air Crane and Large Air Tankers have been deployed to attack the blaze from the air.

Residents in the area have been told to seek shelter as the fire impacts and protect themselves from the heat.

Motorists have been urged to steer clear of the area with multiple road closures in place.

  • If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
  • 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.
  • For information on road closures, check http://livetraffic.com. Roads may be closed without warning.

FIRST: FIRE-FIGHTERS are struggling to gain the upper hand on a large out-of-control bushfire which is burning close to homes at Cranebrook, in Sydney’s west.

The blaze broke out in the area of Vincent Road around 1.55pm AEDT on Friday.

At the time of writing, more than 100 fire-fighters were on the scene attempting to control the fire which is raging through thick bushland.

An Air Crane and a large Air Tanker have been dispatched to help fight the blaze, which is estimated to be roughly three hectares in size and has a 500m wide fire front.

It’s understood a change in wind direction has caused the fire to spread towards Northern Road.

As a result, the Northern Road has been closed to all traffic in both directions between Ninth Ave and Cranebrook Rd.

Authorities say homes in the area of Vincent Rd, 8th Ave, 7th Ave, 6th Ave, 4th Ave, 3rd Ave and Terrybrook Rd may come under threat.

Streets in the direct path of the inferno are being evacuated.

There are unconfirmed reports of at least one home already having been impacted by fire.