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US News Number of homes destroyed as bushfire burns in Blue Mountains

10:06  16 december  2019
10:06  16 december  2019 Source:   skynews.com.au

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Gospers Mountain megafire burns outside Sydney while fires also threaten in Western Australia, with temperatures There are early reports that properties have been destroyed , near Mount Tomah and Mount Wilson. NSW braces for severe heatwave as bushfire threatens Blue Mountains homes .

A home at Mount Wilson was lost and several sheds and buildings at Mount Tomah were destroyed , the Daily Telegraph reported. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast severe heatwave conditions will hit most of NSW by the end of the coming week. With 110 fires burning in the state the RFS is

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has confirmed a number of homes have been lost after a crucial back burning operation got out of control in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

This photo taken on December 7, 2019 shows the remains of a property seen after a bushfire at the Mangrove Dam, some 90-110 kilometres north of Sydney. - Bushfires are common in the country but scientists say this year's season has come earlier and with more intensity due to a prolonged drought and climatic conditions fuelled by global warming. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images) This photo taken on December 7, 2019 shows the remains of a property seen after a bushfire at the Mangrove Dam, some 90-110 kilometres north of Sydney. - Bushfires are common in the country but scientists say this year's season has come earlier and with more intensity due to a prolonged drought and climatic conditions fuelled by global warming. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

On Sunday night flames up to 70 metres high tore through several suburbs which included Bilpin where a home and business on the property have been destroyed.

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View of the Blue Mountains fires and the Sydney metropolitan area from NASA's Aqua, using MODIS imagery on 17 October. It burned out most of the northern region of the Blue Mountains National Park, parts of Wollemi and went on to destroy a total of 203 homes and damage another 286." A number of smaller scrub fires were ignited in the Hawkesbury local government area, including fires

The fire , burning over about 400,000 hectares, has moved further into the Blue Mountains - a popular tourist area which lies west of the city. Image caption The blaze as seen from a popular tourist spot in the Blue Mountains . Since September, six people have died in a bushfire crisis that has engulfed

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RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the flare up - that saw the fire jump the Bells Line of Road - was one of the worst he's ever seen.

Demonstrators hold up placards at a climate protest rally in Sydney on December 11, 2019. - Up to 20,000 protesters rallied in Sydney on December 11 demanding urgent climate action from Australia's government, as bushfire smoke choking the city caused health problems to spike. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images) Demonstrators hold up placards at a climate protest rally in Sydney on December 11, 2019. - Up to 20,000 protesters rallied in Sydney on December 11 demanding urgent climate action from Australia's government, as bushfire smoke choking the city caused health problems to spike. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The extent of the damage won't be confirmed until crews can safely carry out assessments across the Blue Mountains fire ground.

This photo taken on December 7, 2019 shows firefighters conducting back burning measures to secure residential areas from encroaching bushfires at the Mangrove area, some 90-110 kilometres north of Sydney. - Bushfires are common in the country but scientists say this year's season has come earlier and with more intensity due to a prolonged drought and climatic conditions fuelled by global warming. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images) This photo taken on December 7, 2019 shows firefighters conducting back burning measures to secure residential areas from encroaching bushfires at the Mangrove area, some 90-110 kilometres north of Sydney. - Bushfires are common in the country but scientists say this year's season has come earlier and with more intensity due to a prolonged drought and climatic conditions fuelled by global warming. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Fire crews fear many more properties may have been lost at Mount Tomah and Mount Wilson.

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