Total Fire Ban...And It's Still Winter!

Gerald Bowen
August 19, 2018

The fire is moving in an easterly direction, with strong winds fanning the blaze.

Embers are also creating spot fires, which are posing a more immediate risk to properties.RFS advises residents to put their Bush Fire Survival Plans into action now.If you don't have a plan, decide what action you will take if the fire threatens your property.Leaving early is noted to be the safest option.

More than 80 fires continue to burn along the Great Dividing Range from the Queensland border to Victoria with more than 30 still uncontained.

"Although there's no threat to properties, we do have fire crews working with local residents and landowners to deal with the fires as they approach", NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman Chris Garlick told AAP.

A resident hoses down a shed destroyed by the fire at Bomaderry.

The NSW Rural Fire Service says there are unconfirmed reports of a home being lost at Ellangowan with inspectors expected on the ground to assess any damage.

THREE teenage boys have been arrested and charged after allegedly trying to start a bushfire in the NSW Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, just hours after a total fire ban was enforced across the state.

In the north, winds of up to 65km/h and temperatures in the mid to high 20s are making conditions similar to what firefighters faced in the south of the state on Wednesday.

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"We're definitely not out of the woods yet but we're getting there", he said.

There are now "Very High" fire danger conditions, with this making it hard to bring the fire under control.

Most of the large firefighting aircraft don't typically arrive in Australia until after September, and demand for their services is likely to remain high in Europe and North America amid record summer heat in many regions.

Proactive fire prevention had suffered a lack of government funding, the La Trobe University researcher said.

Meanwhile, NSW RFS deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said crews were battling to save homes at north Nowra.

"We are concerned about a return to these gusty conditions on Saturday", he said.

Mr Fitzsimmons said the drought was having an enormous impact. "It's only been three months since the last fire we had in Holsworthy in April".

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