Australia NSW firies battle blaze into the night
Police investigating if Turramurra fire was deliberately lit
The first major blaze to break out in Sydney has erupted this afternoon, with embers lighting up a fresh blaze in Sydney's Upper North Shore.Detectives have established a crime scene in bushland at South Turramurra and are making enquiries to determine the cause of the blaze that threatened dozens of homes this afternoon.
NSW firefighters have battled an emergency warning blaze northwest of Sydney into the night, with haze from it and other fires throughout the state expected to blanket the city for the second day in a row.
The 146,000-hectare bushfire at Gospers Mountain was upgraded to an emergency warning level on Tuesday night, with residents living in the Colo Heights area told it was too late to leave.
At 9pm the fire was just one of 55 fires burning across the state, 25 of which were uncontained and two of which were classed as watch and act alert levels.
Three homes damaged as fire breaks out and flares quickly in the Hunter
A grass fire on Wine Country Drive at North Rothbury was declared an emergency within an hour of it being detected, while a second broke out and threatened homes at nearby Greta.Three homes were damaged and two firefighters were taken to hospital after fires broke out yesterday in the state's Hunter region.
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While the smoke could clear overnight, "the conditions are really there for that sort of thing to return", the bureau's NSW regional manager Ann Farrell told reporters.
"We really aren't going to be out of the woods for the coming days with that air quality issue from smoke over the eastern part of the state."
Air quality is Sydney on Wednesday is forecast to be fair after hitting hazardous levels on Tuesday afternoon.
Dust is also affecting air quality and a wind change expected on Thursday could exacerbate the problem from the state's west through to the coast, Ms Farrell said.
Teenage boys charged after allegedly stabbing girl and leaving her to burn in Albury house
Police lay attempted murder charges after a semi-conscious 16-year-old with wounds to her abdomen, back and head is rescued from a burning house in southern NSW.Fire crews were called to an Albury property in southern NSW on Monday morning and discovered the semi-conscious teenager with wounds to her abdomen, back and head.
That change could trigger thunderstorms into the weekend, which won't bring much rain but could see lightning strikes ignite additional fires.
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