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Updates on the Bushfire situation in NSW
Submitted On Tuesday, January 1, 2002
Submitted By Ashley Hosking

New South Wales is continuing to experience significant bushfires in a number of areas. The South Australian crews continue to be deployed at the Mt Hall bushfire, near Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.

This bushfire has burnt in excess of 100,000 hectares.

It appears the forecasted severe weather is being realised on the fire ground at this point in time. The SA deployment is experiencing extreme weather conditions, with winds gusting at speeds of up to 25km/hour.

It is expected that the current weather conditions will remain until night fall and continue into tomorrow.

As of 1pm this afternoon a number of major fires around New South Wales are running freely and threatening assets and property. In particular the bushfire near the Bells Line of Road is now threatening houses in the northern suburbs of Sydney.

Strike Team One has spent the day undertaking asset protection at Springwood and have directly saved four homes in the last several hours. One cubby house was not so fortunate, and was engulfed in flames.

Strike Team Two is containing an outbreak in the Winmalee area.

Strike Team Three is monitoring a backburn from last night.

Strike Team Four is also monitoring an overnight backburn. One firefighter from this strike team has been treated at hospital for heat stress.

Strike Team Five has responded to Kings Tableland Road, Rocky Knob, which is 30km west of the other resources.

Further information on the NSW situation can be obtained from

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