Terrifying blaze which ‘started in a Sydney restaurant’ threatens homes after high winds and scorching temperatures spread the flames – as waterbombers are called in and households told to flee
A blaze that is believed to have started in a Sydney restaurant is now threatening homes after high winds and scorching temperatures spread flames.
RFS crews are on the scene on Whitehaven Road in Northmead, in Sydney’s west, where the fire is creeping closer towards houses.
Smoke was seen billowing from a home while nearby residents were evacuated at about 1pm.
Waterbombing helicopters have taken water water from nearby Lake Parramatta to try and extinguish the fire.
The service said it has been a ‘challenging few days’ for firefighters across NSW, with more than 100 blazes burning from border to border in the past two days.
‘It’s certainly the worst day for fire risk since last fire season,’ NSW RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers told Today.
There are more than 38 fires currently burning around NSW.
‘Firefighters were flown to a fire on the Qld border, while grass and crop fires near Berrigan kept crews busy. Hot weather continues today,’ the RFS said.
RFS Deputy Commissioner Peter McKechnie on Friday urged NSW residents to have fire plans ready and prepare their properties.
‘This is the first time since the devastating season last year we’ve seen widespread elevated fire danger,’ he said.
Last summer’s bushfires destroyed 2476 homes and claimed 26 lives.