NSW bushfires: very high fire danger as damaging winds forecast

An out-of-control fire burns near Ulladulla on the NSW south coast. Image NSW RFS

An out-of-control fire burns near Ulladulla on the NSW south coast. Image NSW RFS

Almost half of the 79 fires ravaging NSW were uncontained as of Thursday morning and are expected to continue to burn for at least a week. It's worrying, it's mind-bending, ' environmental change academic David Bowman said on Wednesday.

Nearly 80 fires were burning along the state's coast on Thursday, having ripped through more than 1,000 hectares in recent days.

There is a total fire ban in place for Sydney, Illawarra and the Hunter Valley. Fire and Rescue NSW crews were called to put it out before it reached bushland.

"I could look out my friend's back door and before it got dark I could see the glow of the fire behind the trees", she said shortly after arriving back home on Wednesday evening.

'You could hear all the gas cylinders in there exploding, ' she said.

He said a combination of dry vegetation, lack of moisture and strong winds over 100km/h (75mph) had caused the fires to spread quickly.

Last week, the entire state of NSW was declared to be drought-affected.

Rural Fire Service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said he was anxious about how bad the fire season would be without substantial rain.

"We've got the largest fire complex burning in San Francisco and fires burning in the Glacier National Park on the Canadian border, which we've just sent crews to, and now we have this extreme weather fanning NSW fires in winter".

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Curran said the ground near Milton was "dry as, it's crunchy underfoot".

The spokesman said 565 firefighters in 212 trucks worked overnight on 79 bush and grass fires, and easing conditions helped them reduce the number of uncontained blazes from 50 to 32.

'Usually winter conditions are just rainy and it just blows roofs off, ' she said.

Some 48 incidents were reported across the state between Friday and Sunday, 10 more than the previous weekend.

The state typically considers its bushfire season to start in the spring month of October and run until the end of March.

"We're definitely not out of the woods yet but we're getting there", he said.

NSW firefighters are battling out-of-control bushfires across the state amid dry, windy conditions.

Fires near Roma, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Toowoomba on Wednesday kept emergency services busy.

The Ulladulla bushfire is threatening homes and some people have been told it's "too late to leave" by the Fire Service.

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