At Least One Home Lost As Fire Hits Town On NSW South Coast
An out of control fire in Shoalhaven, NSW has destroyed at least one home, with dozens of properties still under threat.
The Currowan fire, north of Bateman's Bay is still burning at emergency level with residents in several surrounding areas told it's too late to leave.
Dozens of properties are under threat with the exact number of structures damaged yet to be confirmed by fire authorities.
Strong and gusty winds that swept through the region on Monday saw fire activity increase, with conditions on the fire ground rapidly deteriorating by the afternoon.
Fire crews have been assisted by aircraft as they desperately worked to gain the upper hand and slow the spread of the fire, which crossed the Princes Highway overnight.
Residents west of the highway between Termeil and East Lynne, as well as between Bawley Point and North Durras have been told it's too late to leave and to seek shelter as the fire approached homes.
Residents in the South Durras and Termeil areas have been told to leave immediately if it is still safe to do so.
Many residents left the area overnight but dozens stayed to defend their properties, despite worsening winds and conditions.
Local Chris Garros told 10 News First his wife and children left yesterday but he has stayed to defend their home.
The Shoalhaven fire is one of 125 blazes still burning across the state, 54 of which are not contained. Three fires are at a watch and act level.
NSW Rural Fire Service said more than 2,100 personnel have been tasked to assist communities.
Sydneysiders have also been hit by a thick smoke which blanketed the city.
The RFS said the smoke was being blown from large bushfires in the Blue Mountains and near Warragamba Dam.
The Ruined Castle fire in the Blue Mountains is being controlled but has already burnt through more than 600 hectares of land.
Cliff Dr is closed between Acacia St and Peckmans Rd as the fire spreads into the area.
Residents at Cliff Dr have been told to monitor the conditions and be prepared to leave as the fire approaches.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the smoke in Sydney is set to linger into Tuesday and has urged people to reduce outdoor activities and take precautions to protect their health.