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Friday, October 5, 2012

New South Wales Homes under Threat from Bushfire

A bushfire has jumped containment lines on the NSW central coast and is threatening a number of homes.

Firefighters are rushing to extinguish the 14-hectare bushfire near Lobster Beach ahead of an expected southerly wind change that will fan the fire towards houses, a Rural Fire Service (RFS) spokeswoman told AAP.

About 75 firefighters are battling the blaze, assisted by three water-bombing aircraft and 18 trucks.

Earlier on Friday, the RFS was backburning on the Lobster Beach fire trail behind homes in a bid to contain the fire on the northern side.

The RFS said it did not know what started the fire, but Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers told Macquarie Radio that police were investigating reports that a boatload of people had lit an open fire on the beach on Thursday night and failed to douse it properly before leaving.

No evacuations have taken place, an RFS spokeswoman told AAP. Read More