NSW bushfires: very high fire danger as damaging winds forecast

NSW Bushfires In Ulladulla, Nowra

Australia fires: Emergency warning issued as HUGE bushfire hits Bega Valley and Ulladulla

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

Almost half of the 79 fires ravaging NSW were uncontained as of Thursday morning and are expected to continue to burn for at least a week.

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More than 800 firefighters were battling more than 80 fires across the state, with 50 of those not contained.

Several watch-and-act messages were issued for fires in the Blue Mountains, Richmond valley, Clarence valley, Bega valley, Mount Kingiman and North Nowra on Wednesday.

Scientists are "gobsmacked" so many out-of-control bushfires are burning across the drought-stricken state in winter.

Strong winds and dry conditions are now making flames spread in Ulladulla and Bega Valley in New South Wales (NWS), Australia.

With the entire state drought-declared and unseasonably warm winter temperatures, Mr Rogers said firefighters were expecting this season to be bad.

A resident hoses down a shed destroyed by the fire at Bomaderry.

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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.

However, Illawarra Rural Fire Service district officer, Brad Collins said the fire crews are now "starting to get the upper hand". "It's only been three months since the last fire we had in Holsworthy in April".

"I have lived here for 45 years. but I haven't seen anything like this", she said. Unless we get substantial rainfall, we are really concerned for the summer'.

Conditions in NSW are dry - last week 100 per cent of the state was declared either "in drought" or "drought affected".

Very high fire danger warnings are on Thursday in place for the New England, Northern Slopes and Far North Coast regions of the state.

"It's impacting on homes in North Nowra as we speak".

NSW Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said the consequences could have been catastrophic.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology is warning Queenslanders to prepare for the high chance of fires. with dry and windy conditions forecast for the weekend. More than a dozen outbuildings were also destroyed across the region.

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