Out Of Control Fire In South NSW Doubled In Size Overnight
The bushfire in NSW's Shoalhaven region has been whipped up by westerly winds and has almost doubled in size overnight.
The so-called Currowan fire burning north of Batemans Bay has burnt through more than 11,560 hectares and is spreading quickly in an easterly direction.
The Princes Highway has been closed between Turmeil and the Kings Highway turnoff, cutting access to coastal communities in the area.
"The fire has crossed the Clyde River," the RFS said in an emergency warning.
"If you are in the area to the west of the Princes Highway between Turmeil and East Lynne seek shelter as the fire impacts. It is too late to leave."
Two million hectares of land have been burnt since July in more than 7000 fires which have raged across the state in the "most challenging bushfire season ever".
Six lives have been lost while 673 homes and 1400 other buildings have been destroyed.
A total fire ban has been issued for Monday across the far north coast, Greater Hunter and New England regions due to forecast hot and windy conditions.
"While it's expected to be cooler tomorrow, it's going to be very windy in many areas," the RFS tweeted.
"This will present challenging conditions for several days with so many fires."