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Friday, October 5, 2012

New South Wales Fires Update: More than 30 blazes burn across NSW

Homes have been evacuated on the NSW central coast as more than 30 blazes burn across NSW, with authorities warning it could be one of the worst fire seasons in years.

About 75 firefighters and water-bombing aircraft were battling a blaze at Pretty Beach and Lobster Beach, near Gosford, about 4pm (AEST) on Friday.

The fire jumped containment lines during the afternoon and was threatening a number of homes, with police escorting people from houses on High View Road.

"We've not been going along counting houses. They've been going along evacuating," a Rural Fire Service (RFS) spokeswoman told AAP when asked how many homes were under threat.

The RFS back-burned the Lobster Beach fire trail earlier on Friday but a southerly wind change started fanning the blaze towards houses. Read More