At 10:30pm there are 110 fires burning across NSW, 63 are not contained. 5 remain at Emergency Warning and 4 at Watch and Act alert levels. It has been another challenging day for firefighters and communities with reports of further property losses. #nswrfs#ALERT
Tomorrow fires in the Wollombi, Yengo & Dharug National Park areas will again see Severe fire danger. If you are in the areas of Bucketty, Fernances Crossing or Murrays Run & your plan is to leave, leave now or first thing in the morning (before 9am) & head towards Gosford.
The smoke haze will hang around again tonight in many areas including Sydney and the Central Coast. It's going to be thick tomorrow morning due to a temperature inversion which will trap it in some areas. #nswrfs#nswfires
Strong westerly winds have been fanning the flames and firefighters are concerned it will merge with a 6000-hectare blaze at Three Mile near Wisemans Ferry, which also has an emergency warning placed on it.
Watch and Act: Green Wattle Creek fire (Wollondilly LGA). Conditions are easing which has seen the immediate threat to homes reduced. Crews will continue to identify containment options and slow the spread of fire. Residents should enact their bush fire survival plan. #nswrfs
EMERGENCY WARNING -Gospers Mountain (Lithgow LGA) If you are in the area of Colo Heights, it is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Protect yourself from the heat of the fire. #nswfires#Nswrfs#alert
Conditions are deteriorating at the North Black Range Fire near Braidwood. The fire has crossed the Shoalhaven River and is burning towards the Kings Highway. The highway is closed north of Braidwood. #nswrfs#nswfires
“We’re not sure of the number of properties that we’ve lost,” Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner John Bolger told the ABC this morning.
Conditions are getting worse and any residents of Forest Ridge and nearby Cypress Gardens who remain have been told to leave immediately or follow their bushfire survival plan as 24 fire crews attempt to control the blaze.
“Fire crews are working to contain the fire, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door,” the state’s Rural Fire Service said on Thursday.
A house fire on the outskirts of Toowoomba. Picture: Kevin FarmerSource:News Regional Media
Air pollution in Sydney has been "hazardous" for weeks. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Part of the Gore Highway has been closed between Cypress Gardens and the BP at Captains Mountain since Wednesday evening as the fire rages southwest of Millmerran, a town not far from Toowoomba.
An evacuation centre is now open at the Millmerran Showgrounds. A second significant fire is burning at Carneys Creek near the Queensland and New South Wales border, with people there being told to get ready to leave. Crews are fighting the fire on the ground and from the air.
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‘LONGEST PERIOD’ OF AIR POLLUTION
South of the Tweed, fire danger ratings are “very high” as far south as the mid north coast and then a rung up at “severe” for the remainder of the coast including Sydney.
A total fire ban is in place for much of eastern NSW including populated areas.
Hot and windy conditions could stoke blazes. One hundred fires are burning across NSW, with 44 uncontained.
Flames from scattered bushfires around Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Picture: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
The Three Sisters as smoke from scattered bushfires covers the horizon. Picture: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
The department's website shows hazardous air is settled throughout Sydney. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
The appalling air pollution is set to continue with severe bushfire conditions across large chunks of the state.
The department says this season’s bushfire emergency has caused “some of the highest air pollution ever seen in NSW”.
Pollution levels are monitored by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Air Quality Index. It measures several categories of particles. The one of most concern to public health is PM2.5.
Data and mapping from the department show PM2.5 levels have been above the 200 considered “hazardous” for weeks. In many cases the levels have been recorded above 600 in southern and western Sydney — where millions of people live.
This morning the AQI for the Central Coast had skyrocketed past 1000.
The Bureau of Meteorology says heavy smoke billowing from bushfires surrounding Sydney will linger in the city basin until Saturday.
Poor air quality has again been forecast for Sydney after hazardous levels of pollution were recorded in the east and southwest of the city on Wednesday. Heavy smoke has been blowing into the city from a large fire near Warragamba Dam near the Blue Mountains, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.
“An overnight temperature inversion will trap the smoke in the Sydney basin. This means smoke will settle in many areas and be very heavy,” the RFS said in a statement.
Smoke choking Sydney Harbour at dawn. Picture: John Grainger.Source:News Corp Australia
Eerie smoke diffused light over Bondi Beach. Picture: Christian GillesSource:News Corp Australia
A satellite image shows smoke over NSW. Picture: NASASource:Supplied
“Smoke is also affecting areas including the north coast, Central Coast, Hawkesbury, Wollondilly, Queanbeyan and Shoalhaven areas.”
The NSW environment department says this season’s bushfire emergency has caused “some of the highest air pollution ever seen in NSW”.
“Recently NSW has experienced elevated levels of pollutants as a result of smoke from the bushfire emergency and dust caused by the severe drought,” a spokesman said.
“NSW has experienced other periods of poor air quality that lasted several weeks, including the 1994 Sydney bushfires and the Black Christmas bushfires of December 2001 to January 2002.
“This event, however, is the longest and the most widespread in our records.”
Now, just wait for the claims Australia is headed for an Ice Age - lol!