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Australia NSW firies battle blaze into the night

19:18  19 november  2019
19:18  19 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Police investigating if Turramurra fire was deliberately lit

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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

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Pictures: Bushfires rage across NSW\

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13: General view of a destroyed home following bushfire damage on November 13, 2019 in Rainbow Flat, Australia. Catastrophic fire conditions - the highest possible level of bushfire danger - have eased across greater Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter areas thanks to a slight cool change, however dozens of bushfires are still burning. A state of emergency, as declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday, is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. (Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images)
The Bureau of Meteorology says the smoke haze that blanketed Sydney on Tuesday is expected to continue into Wednesday.

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

  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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