Strong Winds have Fire Crews on High Alert

Extreme weather warnings are in place across New South Wales with much of the state bracing for another day of scorching heat and bushfires.

Fire crews are on high alert with strong winds of up to 50km/h expected throughout the day.

Temperatures are predicted to soar above 40 degrees for the third consecutive day across the state today with Penrith in Sydney’s west forecast to reach a sweltering 43 degrees.

NSW Police are urging people to look after the elderly and disabled during these days of extreme heat and not to leave them unattended in vehicles.

It comes after police also warned motorists that it is an offence to leave children and pets unattended in cars as it can be deadly.

Seven-year-old Tom Ashton gets relief from the heat at a water fountain at Sydney Olympic Park. (AAP)

The hot weather has kept firefighters busy with crews battling 35 fires across the state including a raging blaze at the Blue Mountains overnight.

About 60 firefighters were placed in streets around Wentworth Falls for property protection as the intense fire licked at fences.

The fire started in bushland in the area of Charles Darwin Walk and is currently being contained.

While the cause is yet to be determined, residents reported loud bangs in the area prior to alerting fire services to the fire.

NSW Rural Fire Serviced deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said the suspicious fire at Bundeena in Sydney’s south was being contained but 160 firefighters remained at the scene.

Thick smoke in the area continues to be an issue.

This photograph taken by a hiker shows seven different ignition points for the fire in the Royal National Park.

“We have 35 fires and 11 of those are not contained,” Mr Rogers.

“Work on that fire in the Sutherland area and the Royal National Park continued overnight to try and get containment lines ahead of the deteriorating weather today.

“The difference today is we are starting to see those northerly and north-westerly winds gusting up to 50 kilometres an hour, which we haven’t had in the last couple of days and we’ve still had problems.

A blaze at Dandry in rural NSW has burnt nearly 55,000 hectares but crews are confident it is slowing down.

“We’re going to try our best to hold these fires but we’re obviously concerned about new fires that start,” Mr Rogers said.

“If you see a fire that isn’t attended by a fire truck, please report it to Triple Zero (000) immediately because those minutes can make all the difference.”

Total fire bans were declared for the Southern Ranges, Central Ranges, Greater Hunter and North Western regions yesterday and will continue today for the Southern Ranges, Central Ranges, Greater Hunter and Greater Sydney.

About 60 firefighters were placed in streets around Wentworth Falls for property protection. (Supplied)Source