More than 1000 firefighters battle 15 emergency fires across NSW

More than 1000 firefighters battle 15 emergency fires across NSW

More than 1000 firefighters are battling to protect properties across New South Wales as 15 emergency level fires rage across parts of the state.
Around 1033 Rural Fire Service (RFS) members are fighting intense conditions across the north coast and northern NSW areas.

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The areas most affected by the dangerous blazes include Tenterfield, Armidale, Clarence Valley, Port Macquarie, Nambucca and Kempsey.
"There fires are very dangerous," RFS NSW said in a statement.
"If you are near these fires, your life is at risk and you need to take action to protect your life."
The bushfire seen from an aged care centre in Forster.
The bushfire seen from an aged care centre in Forster. (Facebook)
Five schools on the NSW mid-north coast have closed due to the fires. These are Bobin Public School, Harrington Public School, Nymboida Public School, Telegraph Point Public School, and Yarrowitch Public School.
So intense are one of the blazes, the major highways are closed.

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The New England Highway is closed in both directions between Tenterfield and Glen Innes, the Pacific Highway is closed in both directions between Taree and Bulahdelah.
The Pacific Highway is also closed at Port Macquarie between the Oxley Highway and Hastings River Drive.
Motorists are advised to avoid these areas and delay non-essential travel.
The fire at Torrington, near Tenterfield, is almost 14,000 hectares in size and is burning to the west of Silent Grove Road as firefighters battle the blaze ahead of worsening conditions predicted later in the day.
People in the areas of Torrington, Silent Grove, Wolfram Hill, Tungsten, Maids Valley and Mole River are being advised to seek shelter as the fire approaches.
Firefighters are battling 70 fires across NSW.
Firefighters are battling 70 fires across NSW. (9News)
NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the bushfire danger across the state is "at the upper end of the scale" as strong westerly winds fan flames.
"We cannot overstate the flammability of the fuel in NSW," he said.
"Even the smallest of embers are taking hold and developing new fires."
Firefighters have been working around the clock to battle dozens of other blazes burning across the state, with 1,200 calls made triple zero.
Authorities have urged residents, particularly in the state's north-east to be vigilant, as conditions are expected to worsen this afternoon with winds on the way.
"We need people to be absolutely prepared - we need them to be monitoring local radio, the (RFS) website," Mr Fitzsimmons said.
"The entire corner of northeast NSW is really vulnerable, simply because of the extraordinary fire behaviour and activity yesterday and overnight."
The service deployed 850 firefighters yesterday and a similar number is expected today as 69 bush and grass fires blaze across the state.
Burnt-out cars on the NSW mid-north coast.
Burnt-out cars on the NSW mid-north coast. (9News)
A total fire ban is currently in place for Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, New England, and the Northern Slopes.
Four watch and act alerts remain in place for Andersons Road, Carrai Creek, Gum Scrub and Stockyard Flat.
Yesterday fire crews fought a fire at Stockyard Flat, 60km north-west of Forster, with the help of aircraft regularly dropping water and retardant.
It's believed some properties have been lost to the blaze and others were evacuated.
Smoke from the fire burning in Wollemi National Park this morning blew as far as northern Sydney. Dust is expected to be blown across much of the state's northeast.

Where the fires are burning:


A water bombing plane drops fire retardant on a bushfire at Forster, on the NSW mid-north coast yesterday. (AAP)
With AAP.

Source : 9news.com.au

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