Terrifying blaze which ‘started in a Sydney restaurant’ threatens homes after high winds and scorching temperatures spread the flames – as waterbombers are called in and households told to flee
A blaze that is believed to have started in a Sydney restaurant is now threatening homes after high winds and scorching temperatures spread flames and embers.
RFS crews are on the scene on Whitehaven Road in Northmead, in Sydney’s west, where the fire is creeping closer towards houses.
Smoke was seen billowing from a home while nearby residents were evacuated at about 1pm on Sunday – as temperatures in the west soared past 40C.
Waterbombing helicopters have taken water water from nearby Lake Parramatta to try and extinguish the fire.
RFS crews are on the scene on Whitehaven Road in Northmead, in Sydney’s west, where the fire is creeping closer towards houses
Smoke was seen billowing from a home while nearby residents were evacuated at about 1pm
The service said it has been a ‘challenging few days’ for firefighters across NSW, with more than 100 blazes burning from border to border in the past two days.
‘It’s certainly the worst day for fire risk since last fire season,’ NSW RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers told Today.
There are more than 38 fires currently burning around NSW.
‘Firefighters were flown to a fire on the Qld border, while grass and crop fires near Berrigan kept crews busy. Hot weather continues today,’ the RFS said.
RFS Deputy Commissioner Peter McKechnie on Friday urged NSW residents to have fire plans ready and prepare their properties.
‘This is the first time since the devastating season last year we’ve seen widespread elevated fire danger,’ he said.
Meanwhile, devastating bushfires have left holidaymakers at Fraser Island’s iconic tourist destinations on high alert.
Grass and crop fires near Berrigan in the NSW Riverina region has kept crews busy
Tourists have been ordered to stay away from Queensland’s world heritage-listed island as conditions deteriorated on Saturday.
The out of control blaze which has now been burning for a six weeks has destroyed almost half of the island’s national park as waterbombers and ground crews battle the intense conditions.
The Fraser Island blaze came within kilometres of holidaymakers staying at the Kingfisher Bay Resort on Saturday.
‘For guests currently staying at the resort, it is advised to remain within the resort grounds, and to not travel onto the inland tracks. Guided tours have also been postponed until further notice,’ the resort posted on Facebook.
A separate bushfire has also come within two kilometres of popular campsite Cathedrals on Fraser, ten days after campers were forced to evacuate due to the ongoing inferno.
Major attractions such as Champagne Pools, Eli Creek and Lake McKenzie remain unaffected at this stage.
Tourists are currently unable to arrive on the island as the bushfire enters its seventh week.
A total fire ban remains in place across NSW on Sunday with Sydney set to soar past 40C for a second consecutive day and break a 60 year record.
The heatwave conditions have taken a toll on firefighters across NSW, with more than 100 fires burning from border to border in the last two days in the wake of the horror bushfire season last summer.
A watch and act warning was issued for a fire burning close to homes in Whitehaven Rd at Northmead in Sydney’s north-west on Sunday afternoon.