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Emergency Services Minister To Return From European Holiday As Bushfire Conditions Worsen

Emergency Services Minister David Elliott will return from London to Sydney after a briefing on worsening bushfire conditions.

Mr Elliott announced on Tuesday night he would cut his European holiday short to help support firefighters and affected residents.

“In light of the escalating damage toll to the South Coast and the tragic loss of a further two civilians and one RFS volunteer, I have decided to return to Australia to stand with our selfless volunteer firefighters and bushfire affected communities as we get through this period of devastating loss,” he said in a statement.

Mr Elliott landed in London at 6pm on Tuesday, and decided to return home after being briefed by the RFS Commissioner.

The news comes shortly after an emergency warning was issued for an out of control fire in the Western Sydney suburb of Greystanes on Tuesday evening, half an hour's drive west of the Sydney CBD.

The fire, on Munro Street, is being spread quickly by strong winds, leaving 100 homes under threat.

The NSW RFS has warned residents east of Prospect Reservoir, South of the M4 and north of the train line in Pemulwuy it is too late for them to leave.

"Protect yourself from the heat of the fire," RFS advised in a statement on Facebook.

Pictured: Fire burns behind a home at Greystanes on Tuesday evening Image: Ziu Al/ Facebook

More than 31,000 homes on the fire-ravaged South Coast are blacked out.

Affected houses will be without power for up to 48 hours after bushfires caused damage to major 132kV transmission lines.

The national bushfire death toll climbed to 13 today following a mother's tragic discovery of her son and husband's bodies in Cobargo.

About 100 fires are still burning in NSW alone, with 60 of those uncontained and property damage expected to be high.

More to come.

Contact author: hmoore@networkten.com.au