'Immediate Threat To Lives And Homes': NSW Bushfire Rages Out Of Control
An out-of-control bushfire raging in northern NSW is spreading in multiple directions, threatening lives and properties.
The NSW Rural Fire Service issued fresh emergency warnings on Wednesday for the blaze at Tingha Plateau near Inverell and another at Tabulam.
"The fire is spreading quickly under strong and gusty winds," it said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.
"It is spreading in multiple directions and there is an immediate threat to lives and properties."
The blaze, which has burnt through more than 6200 hectares, crossed Old Mill Road and is currently moving east towards Guyra Road.
Crews are working to protect properties in the area and are urging residents to seek shelter as the fire approaches.
Those who live in the area but are away from their property have been told to use evacuation centres set up at Bundarra and Gurya.
An emergency warning was initially issued on Tuesday and downgraded overnight before it was elevated about midday on Wednesday amid strong winds.
Authorities issued a similar warning for a blaze at Tabulam, west of Casino, where gusts have pushed the fire across Timbarra River and towards Ogilvie Drive.
People in the area of Ogilvie Drive are being advised to leave imminently along Plains Station Road while those in the vicinity of Tabulam should remain vigilant.
A number of schools are closed, including Tabulum Public School and Drake Public School.
While there are reports the fire has destroyed up to three homes, a spokesperson for NSW RFS could not confirm the extent of structural damage or property loss to 10 daily as assessors work on the ground.
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About 42 bush and grass fires are currently burning across the state amid strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures. Seven blazes are currently out of control.
The weather bureau expects a cool change to bring a wind change late on Wednesday evening and early Thursday.
A total fire ban remains in place for the far North Coast, New England, northern slopes and north-western regions.
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