A firefighter battles a bushfire near Sydney. Photo Getty
Firefighters across NSW are again preparing for worsening
conditions with high temperatures and hot, dry winds forecast
to sweep the state.
A state of emergency was declared in NSW yesterday, as more
than 50 fires burnt across NSW, 15 of them uncontained.
Conditions are predicted to worsen today with tops of 36
degrees forecast for Springwood in the Blue Mountains where
an out-of-control bushfire has burnt through almost 2500
Joel Kursawe from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) said they were
preparing for a return of hot and dry westerly and
north-westerly winds on Monday.
"By Wednesday the Bureau (of Meteorology) is forecasting that
is when it will be at its worst and potentially similar to
the conditions we saw last Thursday," he told ABC Television
As firefighters laboured throughout the night to strengthen
containment lines, Mr Kursawe said there were fears three
blazes burning in Mt Victoria, Springwood and Lithgow in the
Blue Mountains could meet.
"If the three fires were to all join together there is a very
real threat to the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury district
over the coming days," he said.
"If those fires were to join you are talking about a huge
fire front encroaching on the very back end of Sydney."
A total fire ban is in place for the Central Ranges,
Illawarra and Shoalhaven, Greater Sydney Region and Greater