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Australia NSW RFS in fight to protect homes as nine blazes given emergency warning status

05:30  08 november  2019
05:30  08 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Properties lost as emergency level bushfires rage in NSW

  Properties lost as emergency level bushfires rage in NSW A total fire ban has been declared for much of NSW's north coast and inland towns.The NSW Rural Fire Service advises a fire at Stockyard Flat (60km north west of Forster) is currently being fought by crews on scene as well as aircraft regularly dropping water and retardant.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has confirmed two homes have already been damaged or destroyed on the Mid North Putty RFS members watch the Gospers Mountain Fire move south east on Thursday. Credit:Nick Moir. Emergency warnings , meanwhile, were issued on

The NSW RFS provides operational support to the Fire & Rescue NSW for hazardous materials The fire is at a stage where fire fighting resources are only required for patrol purposes and major An Emergency Warning is the highest level of Bush Fire Alert. You may be in danger and need to take

a person with a sunset in the background: Towering flames behind houses in Forster on the mid-north coast. (ABC News)© ABC News Towering flames behind houses in Forster on the mid-north coast. (ABC News)

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is desperately trying to protect properties around the state, with nine blazes given emergency warning status and dozens more burning out of control.

Windy, dry and hot conditions have pushed the fire danger to extreme on the far north coast and in the New England region.

Conditions are expected to worsen this afternoon and the RFS said there was potential for fires to threaten communities and destroy homes.

Queensland fire threat to lower on Saturday but fires still burning

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Emergency warnings have been issued for five out-of-control bushfires burning in the northern part of NSW , as firefighters brace for "extreme" conditions on The RFS has warned the Far North Coast and New England regions face an "extreme" fire risk on Friday, just one level below "catastrophic" on the

NSW RFS warned that today’s conditions are extremely dangerous and “will be worse than yesterday”. “[There is a] very real potential of fires spreading quickly to threaten communities and destroy homes ,” the RFS said in a Facebook post. Five total fire bans are in place across the state today including the

Between Forster, on the mid-north coast, and the Queensland border emergency warnings had been issued for fires at Torrington, Tyringham, Willi Willi National Park, Rumba Dump, Crowdy Bay National Park, Buckra Bendinn, Kosekai Road, Port Macquarie and Hillville.

Residents around the bushfires at Hillville and the Crowdy Bay National Park, near Taree, have been advised to leave now or seek shelter as fire fighters and aircraft battle the blazes.

The blaze at Tyringham, west of Coffs Habrour is spreading quickly due to strong and gusty winds.

Residents around a fire at Torrington near Tenterfield have been advised to monitor the situation.

The Education Department said several public schools would be closed for the rest of the day, due to the fires.

NSW fires destroy at least 150 homes, two people found dead

  NSW fires destroy at least 150 homes, two people found dead The NSW Rural Fire Service says it has found the remains of two people, while at least 150 homes have been destroyed as an unprecedented bushfire emergency continues through a second day. Two fires are still burning at emergency warning level in NSW — at the height of the chaos yesterday, 17 blazes were given that status.Firefighters said they found one body in a vehicle near Kangawalla, about 10 kilometres east of Glen Innes, where one of the most intense blazes took hold in the state's north. © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Bobin Public School was razed by the bushfires.

'We need vigilance': Two homes damaged as fires blaze across NSW . Skip to sections navigation Skip to Two homes have been damaged or destroyed on the Mid North Coast as firefighters work to control several Putty RFS members watch the Gospers Mountain Fire move south east on Thursday.

Emergency bushfire warnings have been issued for five NSW blazes as firefighters battle heat and strong Five emergency warnings have been issued for bushfires burning in northern NSW . The RFS says the fire is moving in a north-easterly direction towards Silent Grove, Maids Valley and Mole

NSW Police have warned the Pacific Highway will likely close between Nabiac and Taree.

'Everything is on fire'

Yesterday, a bushfire came within metres of homes in Forster as terrified residents scrambled to flee.

"Everything is on fire and we're stuck in traffic," one woman was heard saying in a video posted to Facebook.

"The fire has jumped across to Harvey Norman and it's burning everything there ... we saw two cars on fire over there."

NSW RFS deputy commissioner Rob Roger said the drought gripping the state had made for dire fire conditions.

"While we are dealing with some fires near properties, there are a lot of fires that are more remote that have been burning now for a month or six weeks and in some two months," he said.

"Those fires have the potential to keep burning, getting bigger and coming out into populated areas.

"We are quite concerned."

NSW fires burn at Sydney's doorstep at Gospers Mountain .
Residents in the path of a "fast moving" bushfire burning through large swathes of NSW's Hawkesbury bushland are warned to "leave before it is too late".The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has issued an emergency warning for the blaze at Gospers Mountain, about 40 kilometres north of Richmond, in Sydney's north-west.

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