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Three 12-year-old boys are caught deliberately lighting fires on the NSW South Coast as fast-moving blazes continue to ravage the region

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/12/2019 Charlotte Karp and Isabelle Stackpool For Daily Mail Australia

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Three 12-year-old boys have been dealt with under the Young Offenders Act for deliberately lighting bushfires, as blazes ravage the New South Wales South Coast.

Two of the boys allegedly lit a grass fire at a reserve in Koonawarra in Wollongong at 10.20am on Sunday. 

The children will go to a youth conference under the Young Offenders Act for the offence of cause a bushfire.

Police issued a caution to another 12-year-old boy after another fire was allegedly lit at 12.15 pm behind a sports club on McGregor Avenue in the Wollongong suburb of Warilla. 

Both fires were extinguished by emergency services soon after they were lit.

fireworks over a fire hydrant: A bushfire burning in the NSW south coast Shoalhaven region © Provided by Daily Mail A bushfire burning in the NSW south coast Shoalhaven region

Lake Illawarra Police District Inspector Brian Pedersen said the number of deliberately lit fires across the district is a concern. 

'It's quite distressing to see young people in particular continuing to ignore the message about how dangerous fires can be,' he said. 

'We are urging the whole community to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.'    

It comes after an emergency warning was issued as the ferocious bushfires burning across the New South Wales South Coast doubled in sized.

a close up of a map: There are 150 grass and bush fires burning across NSW on Monday © Provided by Daily Mail There are 150 grass and bush fires burning across NSW on Monday

The fire north of Batemans Bay expanded after being whipped up by westerly winds It has already burnt through more than 11,560 hectares and is quickly spreading east.

The Princes Highway has been closed between Termeil and the Kings Highway turn off, cutting access to coastal communities in the area. 

Residents living between Kioloa and North Durras, including Depot Beach, Pebbly Beach, Pretty Beach and Bawley Point, have been warned it is too late to leave.

'Fire activity increased over the evening due to strong westerly winds,' the Rural Fire Service NSW said.

a close up of clouds in the sky: Firefighters were working on Sunday afternoon to slow a fire burning south of Katoomba © Provided by Daily Mail Firefighters were working on Sunday afternoon to slow a fire burning south of Katoomba

'Firefighters are working in the area to protect properties where possible.

'Seek shelter as the fire impacts. It is too late to leave.' 

RFS spokeswoman Angela Burford told Daily Mail Australia the blaze poses a significant risk to houses in the area.

Strong winds are expected to wreak havoc throughout the week, with gusts of up to 80km/h. She said winds aren't expected to calm down until the weekend. 

Firefighters west of Sydney were on high alert on Monday as a series of cold fronts swept across the state. 

An out-of-control blaze burning south of Katoomba could be seen from the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains on Sunday night. 

clouds in the sky: The blaze was visible from the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains on Sunday night © Provided by Daily Mail The blaze was visible from the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains on Sunday night

While it was creating a lot of smoke there was no immediate threat to homes in the Blue Mountains, the RFS advised. 

Fire crews in Queensland are also gearing up for a tough week as the mercury soars to high 30s in parts of the state this week. 

Temperatures look set to reach Brisbane 36C on Wednesday, while residents in Logan will be sweating through 41C heat on Friday.

A severe fire danger has been issued for Capricornia, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast this week.

Parts if Western Australia and Australian Capital Territory also have extreme fire warnings in place. 

a group of people standing next to a body of water: Smoke is seen as a fire continues to burn in Katoomba, Blue Mountains © Provided by Daily Mail Smoke is seen as a fire continues to burn in Katoomba, Blue Mountains

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 people have died 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, 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.' 

The New England, northern slopes and northwestern fire areas will also face 'very high' danger.  

There were some 150 grass and bush fires burning across NSW on Sunday with a third of them uncontained.

Air quality in southwest Sydney has been declared hazardous.


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