Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Two emergency warnings for NSW bushfires

Two emergency warnings for NSW bushfires

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

The Ulladulla bushfire is threatening homes and some people have been told it's "too late to leave" by the Fire Service.

The Mount Kingiman fire is uncontrolled west of Burrill Lake and moving southeast.

Two homes have been destroyed and another damaged as dozens of out-of-control winter bushfires continue to burn across NSW.

The Ulladulla Civic Centre has been established as an evacuation centre.

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The fire near the town of Bemboka on the far-south coast has now burnt through more than 3300 hectares, and although it picked up again briefly on Thursday afternoon it has now returned to advice level.

A Rural Fire Service (RFS) spokesman told 9NEWS the blaze was allegedly lit on Wednesday and quickly spread to nearby bushland.

The Princes Highway is now closed in both directions due to heavy smoke in the area, as the blaze moves east towards Bomaderry.

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.

The RFS said emergency phone messages have been sent to residents in the area who are advised to take shelter as the fire front approaches.

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The whole of the state was declared in drought last week and the dry conditions and strong winds fanned the blazes yesterday.

The RFS said firefighters were taking advantage of easing conditions to conduct backburning.

A Watch and Act warning has also been issued for a fast-moving grass fire near Jerrara, west of Kiama.

Insp Shepherd said properties between Tindal and Eldon Rds on the eastern side of the Gwydir Hwy could be under threat, with ground crews still assessing the threat on the northern side of the road.

Nine regions including Sydney have a high fire danger rating for Friday while all other areas have low-moderate ratings.

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