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Strong winds, high temperatures fan fires in NSW

Sydney Morning Herald logo Sydney Morning Herald 5 days ago Jenny Noyes, Megan Gorrey

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Bush and grass fires have severely damaged a Mount Druitt townhouse before spreading to a nearby residential street. 

A spokeswoman for Fire and Rescue NSW confirmed one townhouse is currently alight. © Nick Moir A spokeswoman for Fire and Rescue NSW confirmed one townhouse is currently alight. Eight crews were called to the fire, originally affecting a grassy area on Hythe Street, at 3.49pm on Wednesday. It quickly spread to neighbouring Methven Street, where it threatened a residential complex.

A spokeswoman for Fire and Rescue NSW confirmed one townhouse is currently alight, but said the blaze was contained. 

NSW Police evacuated neighbouring properties at the housing complex. Apart from the affected townhouse, a number of fences have also been damaged in the blaze.

A bushfire damaged an apartment block in Mt Druitt. © Nick Moir A bushfire damaged an apartment block in Mt Druitt. With temperatures peaking in the high 30s around the state and winds picking up this afternoon, it's been a day of extreme fire danger in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area, and severe fire danger in the greater Hunter and greater Sydney regions, the Southern Ranges, Central Ranges, northern slopes and north-western areas. 

Major bushfires are currently burning in the Wollemi National Park and Putty State Forest area, Mount Canobolas near Orange, and Hollydeen, north-west of Newcastle. 

NSW Rural Fire Service has issued an emergency warning for the Putty State Forest fire burning around Bakers Road. 

A southerly change is forecast to sweep through on Wednesday evening, bringing cooler temperatures but winds that are expected to fan the flames. 

An extreme fire warning is in place in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area, with a total fire ban there tomorrow in addition to the Southern Ranges, Central Ranges, northern slopes and north-western areas.

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