Friday, October 5, 2012

HOMES EVACUATED AS BUSHFIRES WORSEN IN NEW SOUTH WALES

Homes have been evacuated as fire crews battle two serious bushfires north of Sydney this afternoon.

A bushfire at Pretty Beach, on the New South Wales central coast, has jumped containment lines and is again threatening property.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has issued an emergency telephone alert to local residents.

It says the fire is heading towards homes on High View Road, Ocean Road, Venice Road and Como Parade.

Some homes on High View Road have been evacuated.

The 14-hectare blaze is moving quickly in unpredictable conditions after a southerly wind change moved through the area.

The RFS says it could impact on property any time over the next two hours and embers could be blown up to four kilometres ahead of the main fire front.

More than 75 firefighters and three water bombing aircraft are working to bring the blaze under control.

Meanwhile, several homes have been evacuated at Wyee, at Lake Macquarie south of Newcastle, where gusty winds and hot weather have reignited a fire.

The fire has jumped containment lines, putting properties under threat. Read More