Published: Mon, February 13, 2017
World | By Ernestine Jimenez

'Too late to leave': One injured, properties lost as NSW fires rage

'Too late to leave': One injured, properties lost as NSW fires rage

Black Saturday was the day of the 2009 Victorian bushfires, the most devastating fires in Australian history.

"The conditions for Sunday are the worst possible conditions, they are catastrophic - we haven't seen this in NSW to this extent ever", Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

The states of New South Wales and Queensland have felt sweltering temperatures, exceeding 40C, in recent days.

Warren Jarvis says he has lost his home and animals to the fire near Cassilis.

"I would recommend that all residents review their Bush Fire Survival Plan with their family, keep themselves informed, monitor conditions and be ready to act if necessary".

A statewide total ban on fire is in place in New South Wales and bans have also been put in place in areas of Queensland.

The fire was classified as out of control at lunchtime on Sunday. "Do not leave it until it's too late".

RFS media liaison officer Matt Horwood said the cause of the fire was unknown but fortunately it didn't cause any damage to the town.

"At this stage, we have got some unconfirmed reports of homes being lost, sheds being lost and machinery being lost, and other agricultural assets being lost on some of these fire grounds", he told reporters.

People in the area are being sent emergency alert telephone messages from the Fire Service.

The extreme fire conditions were expected to start from about 11am Sunday (1pm NZ time).

The Golden Highway is closed between Dunedoo, Merriwa, Denman and the Hunter Expressway at Singleton.

As temperatures soar over the next few days the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has warned of unsafe fire conditions across many parts of the state including the Shoalhaven.

Mr Fitzsimmons said the front would eventually offer relief, but would create volatile conditions as it met the northwesterly flow.

The Sir Ivan Fire remained out of control and was tracking north towards Leadville and Coolah, having already burned through 41,650 hectares of land, the RFS advised early Monday. "It is without precedent in NSW".

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