How The 'Fires Near Me' App Could Help Save Your Life
With NSW bracing for catastrophic fire conditions, residents have been urged to listen to local radio and download the Fires Near Me app for real-time updates.
The app can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices for free and shows every fire in NSW, how large it is when it broke out and whether it has been brought under control.
Those in bushfire-prone areas can add a watch zone around their home, and allow alerts to be sent through when a new fire breaks out, or an existing one changes status.
Additionally, you can set up alerts for up to 10 other addresses, allowing you to receive notifications of any threat to family or friends' properties.
It could help save your life and your loved ones.
Roughly three thousand firefighters are on the ground, battling more than 50 bushfires burning across the state.
Three people have been killed, at least 150 homes are destroyed, while more than one million hectares have been blackened by the blazes.
People who live in rural areas are being encouraged to leave their home and travel to towns or cities along the coast.
The Rural Fire Service has Fires has issued a map, based on the weather forecast, of where fires on the north coast are likely to spread today.
The fires are expected to "spread aggressively" due to strong winds. A change in wind direction will start at about 7 pm and is set to impact fire grounds around midnight.
"...the change today is going to be problematic," NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.
"What it means is that as the front moves across the state you get a strengthening of the winds in the dry, hot air will come down ahead of the front across New South Wales delivering the hot, dry and windy conditions," he said.