Firefighters are battling two out-of-control bushfires in NSW with one forcing the closure of the Royal National Park in Sydney’s south, and the other threatening homes in the NSW Southern Tablelands.
In Sydney’s south, an out-of-control blaze has forced the closure of the Royal National Park.
The bushfire is burning south of Bundeena in the park with the NSW Rural Fire Service warning the blaze is at an emergency level.
Authorities have said beaches may provide safety for people who are unable to leave and the park is now closed to the public.
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The fire is causing significant amounts of smoke over the area which can be seen from the city.
Those at Little Garie, Garie, North Era, South Era or Burning Palms have been urged to stay in place.
Fire crews confirmed dozens of people were in Royal National Park when the fire broke.
Walking tracks are being patrolled to ensure no one is trapped.
Elsewhere, rural properties in the area of Alders and Crees Road in Bannaby may soon come under threat by a blaze burning through grass in the area, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.
The 90-hectare fire is at a watch act alert level with firefighters and an aircraft on the scene to try and slow the spread of the fire.
Firefighters supported by waterbombing aircraft and heavy plant are working to slow the spread of the fire.
Further south, firefighters from the ACT have been sent into NSW to protect houses threatened by another bushfire in the Southern Tablelands.
Three heavy tankers, backed up by smaller crews, were deployed to the 274 hectare Braidwood blaze on Saturday morning after it burned through the night.
‘Their objectives are to protect properties, attack and contain the main fire and contain spot fires,’ the ACT Emergency Services Agency said.
Meanwhile, firefighters continue to battle with a bushfire that’s burnt about 20,000 hectares in the Pilliga Forest between Coonabarabran and Narrabri.
The fire is at an advice level with no homes are under threat, but residents are being urged to monitor conditions.
Firefighters are currently conducting backburning operations in the area and the Newell Highway has been shut between Narrabri and Coonabarabran and is likely to remain closed on Saturday.