Total Fire Ban...And It's Still Winter!

Total Fire Ban...And It's Still Winter!

Total Fire Ban...And It's Still Winter!

People have been told to leave for central Ulladulla from the towns of Burrill Lake, Kings Point and south of Ulladulla if they are unprepared or have a bushfire plan to leave.

THREE teenage boys have been arrested and charged after allegedly trying to start a bushfire in the NSW Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, just hours after a total fire ban was enforced across the state.

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

A number of homes on the NSW south coast are under threat from two out-of-control bushfires being whipped up by increasingly strong winds.

One home was confirmed damaged in the North Nowra blaze, one of 30-odd fires still out of control across the state on Thursday night.

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The main concern right now for the RFS is on the South Coast, where emergency warnings have been declared for out of control fires near Nowra and Ulladulla.

The Ulladulla firefront has burnt through about 100 hectares and properties west of Burrill Lake are now under threat.

RFS spokesman, Marty Webster said firefighters had conducted a partial assessment of properties and expected to complete their assessment of potential damage in the coming days.

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

NSW Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant said the fires are a wake-up call for residents in fire-prone areas.

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The fire - about 100 hectares in size - is being fanned by very strong north- westerly winds, with gusts of up to 60km/h.

"Under these conditions, fires are uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving", the RFS said.

The RFS has urged property owners to think twice before burning off on Wednesday, as temperatures rise to the mid-20s amid winds of up to 70km/h.

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

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

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The fire danger rating has been upgraded from Very High to Severe, due to the warm, windy conditions.

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