Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

NSW south coast homes under threat from two out-of-control bushfires

NSW south coast homes under threat from two out-of-control bushfires

No properties have yet been lost but strong winds and incredibly dry conditions are exacerbating the situation and hampering fire crews.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane FitzSimons said conditions were still stacked against firefighters but they were not as poor as those experienced on Wednesday.

Three teenage boys have been charged after allegedly lighting a fire during a total fire ban in the Blue Mountains yesterday, NSW Police say.

The blaze at Mount Kingiman, near Ulladulla, had burned through more than 1100 hectares.

AN "out-of-control" bushfire is threatening homes in far south NSW with residents near Ulladulla being told it is too late to leave.

The fires destroyed two homes at Bemboka and damaged one home at Nowra, it's since been confirmed.

Two homes have been destroyed and another damaged as dozens of out-of-control winter bushfires continue to burn across NSW.

"Our advice - and the images show - it's close to urban areas there".

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A grass fire was also burning out of control in Jerrara, west of Kiama.

An emergency warning - the highest possible alert - has been issued by the RFS but some residents have been told it is too risky to leave.

An emergency centre has been set up at the Ulladulla Civic Centre.

Residents in the area are advised to follow their bushfire survival plan, and Insp Shepherd said if anyone is planning on relocating to do so before any fire reaches their property. Although the Clarence Valley fire at Bristol Arms Road is burning close to some properties, they are not now under threat.

"Embers will be blown up to six kilometres ahead of the fire, creating spot fires that will move quickly in different directions."

The total fire ban will remain in place until midnight tonight.

The fire had blackened 2300 hectares of land - much of it inaccessible - but it was downgraded to watch and act level before 8pm.

The RFS has issued a warning and said the fire is burning in very high fire danger conditions.

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