Tough Day Ahead For Firies Battling Dozens Of Bushfires Across NSW
Strong westerly winds are expected to fan the flames of bushfires burning across the NSW mid-north coast as total fire bans kick in.
Dozens of blazes are still burning out of control on Friday despite firefighters working around the clock to battle 70 fires overnight.
Three watch and act alerts remain in place on Friday, in Forster, Stockyard Flat and Rumba Dump in the Tapin Tops National Park.
Conditions have eased at Gulf Road in Torrington, Hillville, and Wandsworth, while the threat to homes from a bushfire in the Crowdy Bay National Park area has eased, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.
Five total fire bans are in place for parts of the state Friday.
"With warm & windy conditions continuing tomorrow, Total Fire Bans will be in place for the north of the state," the fire service tweeted.
Across the border, extreme fire warnings have been issued for Queensland as the state faces a severe and early start to the fire season.
The fire danger will peak in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt on Friday afternoon with temperatures across the southeast soaring toward 40 degrees.
The weather bureau warns conditions are worse than last year.
Fire warnings have also been issued for the Maranoa, Warrego, the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Wide Bay and Burnett regions and the southeast coast.
Wind gusts of up to 80km/h are expected in the afternoon as a low-pressure trough sweeps across the southeast, the weather bureau says.
Brisbane is set to reach a maximum of 37C while Ipswich will sizzle in 39C heat with no chance of rain over the next week