‘CATASTROPHIC CONDITIONS’ | BUSHFIRE UPDATES – LIVE

Residents are being warned fires under these conditions are hard to suppress and that homes will burn.

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FIRES: MORE THAN 60 TOTAL BLAZES ARE BURNING ACROSS THE STATE. MANY ARE YET TO BE CONTAINED.

Four lives have been lost since Friday and the Rural Fire Service NSW has confirmed more than 250 homes have been destroyed. Almost 90 homes have been damaged, while some 480 outbuildings and 18 facilities have also been razed.

SATURDAY FIRE BANS 

The NSW RFS has issued four total fire bans for Saturday including the Far North Coast, New England, Northern Slopes & North Western.

Friday 6pm

Detectives have arrested a man suspected of deliberately lighting a fire which is currently threatening homes near Armidale

The 51-year-old man is yet to be questioned by police about his involvement in the fire, believed to have been sparked earlier today about 10km west of Ebor, in bushland.

Witnesses reported a man acting suspiciously and police were alerted.

After investigations, detectives tracked the man to a location in the town where he was arrested.

No charges have been laid.

Friday 4pm

The Myall Creek fire in the Richmond Valley has been upgraded from Watch & Act to an Emergency warning.

The 5,200 hectare fire is burning near Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap and is out of control.

Friday 3pm 

A third fire emergency is now gripping the state.

An out-of-control bushfire burning at Carrai East in Kempsey has again flared up.

The fire is burning to the west and north-west of Kempsey and has breached containment lines on the northern part of the fire, crossing the Armidale Road.

Friday 2pm

A second emergency warning has been issued in northern NSW this afternoon.

The RFS is warning a fire in Guyra Road, Ebor on the northern tablelands has reached emergency levels.

People in the village of Ebor, 80km east of Armidale should seek shelter.

Friday 1pm

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a fire weather warning and total fire ban for the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney and Illawarra regions.

Thursday 6pm

At 6pm, the Myall Creek Road Fire is at Emergency Level. 7 Watch and Act fires remain.

Thursday 3pm

The Myall Creek Road fire on the state’s north coast has been upgraded to Emergency Level. People in the area should seek shelter immediately. The blaze has burned through more than 4,500 hectares so far.

5 homes have been lost at the Bora Ridge fire since Friday.

Thursday Midday

Several NBN News reporters are on the ground today collecting information and stories of the damage on the Mid North Coast and North Coast.

Thursday 11am

  • There are now 7 Watch and Act fires burning across New South Wales.

Today’s Weather Forecast – Humidity higher.

  • LISMORE – Maximum temperature 29 degrees. Maximum wind speeds of 21 kilometres an hour. Minimum humidity 33%.
  • TAMWORTH – Maximum temperature 29 degrees. Maximum wind speeds of 16 kilometres an hour. Minimum humidity 15%.
  • COFFS HARBOUR – Maximum temperature 25 degrees. Maximum wind speeds of 14 kilometres an hour. Minimum humidity 47%.
  • PORT MACQUARIE – Maximum temperature 26 degrees. Maximum wind speeds of 20 kilometres an hour. Minimum humidity 35%.
  • TAREE – Maximum temperature 27 degrees. Maximum wind speeds of 22 kilometres an hour. Minimum humidity 30%.
  • NEWCASTLE – Maximum temperature 26 degrees. Maximum wind speeds of 21 kilometres an hour. Minimum humidity 41%.
  • GOSFORD – Maximum temperature 26 degrees. Maximum wind speeds of 9 kilometres an hour. Minimum humidity 37%.

Thursday 10am

  • BREAKING: Heartbreaking news out of the mid north coast this morning. A man’s body has been found in burnt out bushland at Willawarrin near Kempsey. It’s believed to be that of a 58-year-old Barry Parsons who lived in a shed nearby.
  • Firefighters have worked tirelessly overnight – the number of Watch and Act level fires has more than halved.

Wednesday 6pm

The Hillville fire has been downgraded to a Watch and Act.

Wednesday 4pm

The Hillville fire has been upgraded to EMERGENCY LEVEL.

Meanwhile in the Hunter, crews continue to protect properties at Greta. A resident captured these photos:

Wednesday 3pm

Footage has surfaced showing the extent of fires burning at a Watch and Act level on the Mid Coast. More than 40, 000 hectares has been burned near Rumba Dump.

 

Wednesday 2.30pm

The fire burning at Greta has been downgraded to advice level, after support was called in to help extinguish the flames from above. The blaze has burned through more than 20 hectares so far, and at least one home has been damaged.

Wednesday 1pm

The Harper Street blaze at Greta is upgraded to a Watch and Act. The fire is travelling north towards Leconfield.

Reporter Jacinta Lee is on the ground at North Rothbury and Greta today with updates.

Wednesday Midday

Residents and firefighters are picking up the pieces from fires that reached Emergency level yesterday, believed to have been deliberately lit.

Wednesday 11am | Damages Suspicious

Yesterday was a day of exceptional fire activity and danger across the state – with crews and resources from Victoria used to help combat conditions.

The Rural Fire Service are treating several blazes in the Hunter as suspicious, including two that reached Emergency level as people were evacuated from their homes.

Sadly, dozens of properties were damaged or destroyed, and several people sustained injuries.

This morning, hundreds of houses are still without power in the region

Despite the worst of conditions, there has been no loss of human life reported.

Crews remain on the ground of several fires.

Wednesday 10am

16 fires are burning at a Watch and Act level.

All Emergency level fires across the state were downgraded overnight.

Tuesday 9pm – 9 Emergency Warnings 

RFS crews are bracing for a horror day of strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures across much of New South Wales, with a ‘Catastrophic’ fire danger rating in place for the Hunter, Greater Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven regions.

“We’ve got to keep reminding ourselves that catastrophic is off the conventional scale,” said RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

STOCKYARD EAST, BRIL BRIL | The Stockyard Creek fire is burning in the area of Mount Seaview, west of Wauchope. Those in the area are urged to take shelter.

GOSPERS MOUNTAIN, WOLLEMI NATIONAL PARK | The fire, near Lithgow, is threatening the areas north of Culoul and south of Fleetwing, and it’s currently 4 kilometres from Putty. Fire activity is also increasing in the areas of Mellong, St Albans and Upper MacDonald.

RUMPA DUMP, TAPIN TOPS | The Rumba Dump fire is burning quickly, near Dingo Tops Rd. Those in the areas of Elands, Bobin, Marlee and north west of Wingham should seek shelter.

MYALL CREEK ROAD, BORA RIDGE | A quickly spreading fire in the Richmond Valley area is burning out of control near Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap.

RESERVES ROAD, MARES RUN | This fire at Thunderbolts Way, Mares Run is out of control.

WASHPOOL STATE FOREST, COOMBADJHA | The out of control fire is burning on both sides of the Carnham Road, and both sides of the Clarence Way in the vicinity Eighteen Mile. The blaze is on the Western side of the Clarence River is moving north towards Ewingar. Those in Baryulgil should seek shelter as it is too late to leave.

LIBERATION TRAIL, CLARENCE VALLEY | Large bush fires in the Armidale Road, Coutts Crossing, Nymbodia, Coramba, Nana Glen and Glenreagh areas are burning quickly towards the coast. The fire may impact on the areas of Woolgoolga, outskirts of Coffs Harbour, Sawtell and surrounding areas. Those in Nana Glen or Coramba and surrounding areas, are urged to leave now and head towards Coffs Harbour. Do not wait.

HILLVILLE ROAD, HILLVILLE | The Hillville Road fire at Hillville is spreading quickly towards Nabiac. If you are in the area of Nabiac, seek shelter as the fire approaches.

THUNDERBOLTS WAY, BRETTI | A very quickly spreading fire is burning near Thunderbolts Way and Nowendoc Road at Nowendoc. Those in the path of the fire are at risk and it is too late to leave.

8 blazes remain at Watch & Act level.

Neighbourhood Safer Places are a place of last resort during a bush fire emergency.

They are to be used when all other options in your bush fire survival plan can’t be put into action safely.

To identify your local Neighbourhood Safer Place/s and how you can get there visit the RFS Neighbourhood Safer Places page.

For detailed information on road closures visit Live Traffic NSW

NBN News will keep you up-to-date with the latest information on this bushfire emergency throughout the day.