Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Massive Sydney bush fire closing in on Lucas Heights nuclear reactor

A firefighter pulls a hose as an out-of-control grass fire burns at Holsworthy in Sydney Saturday A firefighter battling the out-of-control grass fire burning in Sydney
Russell Knight | 16 April, 2018, 01:27

The NSW premier says it's a "miracle" that no lives or properties were lost when a bushfire raged through southwest Sydney overnight.

Late yesterday, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said the fire had burnt about 2,430 hectares around Holsworthy and Menai, and some properties had been damaged.

Over the weekend the blaze was declared an emergency a number of times but was downgraded to watch and act when winds dropped down to around 15 to 25 kilometres per hour.

"Firefighters are in these areas and are ready to undertake property protection if required".

"We believe it might have been a deliberately lit fire", Inspector Mitch Newtown said on Saturday night.

"We have had reports of impact on properties in west Menai and Barden Ridge but our crews at the moment are exclusively focused on fighting the fire", he told AAP in the evening.

Residents in Sandy Point and Alfords Point were told on Sunday morning to continue monitoring conditions while those in Illawong, Bangor and Picnic Point were warned of ember attacks and potential new spot fires.

Many residents in Menai made a decision to remain at their homes and were kept busy fighting ember attacks.

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The blaze began on Saturday and needed more than 500 firefighters, nearly 100 fire trucks and 15 aircrafts to bring it under control.

"It was pretty scary", he told AAP when finally opening a beer, thankful his house came with sprinklers on the roof.

More than 500 firefighters have been working in "very high temperatures" to tackle a wildfire which has threatened homes on the southwestern outskirts of Sydney.

NSW Police on Sunday evening announced a task force had been set up to investigate whether the fire, which began in the vicinity of Leacocks Reserve in Casula, was deliberately lit.

He said the aircraft had unfortunately already been returned to the United States because they were always sent back by the end of March when temperatures were traditionally cooler.

Mr Fitzsimmons on Sunday morning stressed the fight wasn't over saying "there's still a long way to go this afternoon".

Heathcote Road remains closed between Macarthur Drive and New Illawarra Road.

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