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

Isaac Cain
August 19, 2018

Mr Rogers said the drought was making a huge difference for firefighters.

One fire, near Croobyar Road at Mount Kingiman, has burnt about 100 hectares and is being fanned by strong winds and dry conditions.

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

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.

RFS Building Impact Assessment Teams confirmed one house was damaged in a separate bushfire at North Nowra, where one outbuilding was destroyed and another was damaged.

The fire is around 388ha in size, with 14 Rural Fire Service crews, along with four Fire and Rescue NSW crews and a fixed-wing waterbomber battling the blaze has jumped the highway last night.

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

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

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.

Strong winds are affecting the region, with gusts of up to 104 kilometres recorded in Nowra earlier, and the Bureau of Meteorology has warned these will get worse.

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

Police are reminding members of the public to check with the NSW Rural Fire Service before lighting fires as Total Fire Bans may be in place.

A Watch and Act warning has also been issued for a fast-moving grass fire near Jerrara, west of Kiama. Although the Clarence Valley fire at Bristol Arms Road is burning close to some properties, they are not now under threat.

Fire crews have been on high alert, after the entire state of New South Wales was last week declared as either "in drought" or "drought affected", bringing dry conditions.

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