NSW Bushfires: Sydney Braces For A Third Day Of Thick Smoke And Haze

Almost 60 bushfires are still burning across NSW with widespread very high fire danger set to continue across the state.

While there are no total fire bans in place for Friday the NSW RFS tweeted a warning that warm weather is set to continue.

The RFS announced on Thursday that 612 homes had so far been lost in the state's devastating bushfires.

Five hundred and three of those homes were destroyed in the past fortnight alone.

RFS volunteers and NSW Fire and Rescue officers protect a home on Wheelbarrow Ridge Road being impacted by the Gospers Mountain fire near Colo Heights. Image: Getty Images.

The fires have also claimed six lives.

Twenty-nine of the 59 bushfires still burning are yet to be contained, with just one fire on Myall Creek Road in northern NSW, classed as a watch and act on Thursday night.



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Sydney and much of the NSW coast was once again blanketed in smoke on Thursday and while it may diminish on Friday it's likely to return over the weekend, the RFS tweeted.

The smoke in Sydney on Friday morning. Image: Twitter/Dr Hilary Joyce FRANZCOG
Skyline of Sydney blanketed in smoke. Image: AAP.

Air quality for parts of Sydney remained hazardous on Thursday afternoon. It was also hazardous in the northern tablelands and the northwest and southwest slopes.



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