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Bushfires burn across the state as firefighters battle emergency level blazes

Steve Price

Several properties have been lost and many more remain at risk as the bushfire emergency continues to rage across New South Wales.

There are 104 bushfires burning across the state, with eight burning at an Emergency level, seven at Watch and Act level.

More than 73,000 hectares has been burnt by the Currowan fire on the south coast.

Several homes are feared lost but firefighters are being hailed as heroes for saving the town of Bawley Point from “mass destruction”.

Nine reporter Chris O’Keefe is there and tells Steve Price “it looked like armageddon”.

“How these firefighters managed to stop this fire tearing through Bawley Point township itself is quite astounding.

“It never ceases to amaze me how brave they are and how good they are at their job, to be able to stop that.

“Yesterday afternoon, as that wind was picking up, that could have been a mass destruction because it was pretty hairy.”

Bawley Point resident Les has been defending his home since Monday and phoned Steve Price after the near-miss.

“We’ve had fire here for four days. It’s been bad mate,” he says.

“My partner and her dog have gone and I’ve been protecting our place.”

Les broke down in tears as he described the situation and thanked firefighters.

They’ve been fantastic. Mate they’re so brave.

Click PLAY below to hear Les’ emotional call

The RFS is extremely concerned about several other fires surrounding Sydney.

It’s feared the Gospers Mountain and Three Mile fires north-west of Sydney could combine today.

“With the severe fire danger today and further windy conditions it does have every chance to join up with that fire shortly,” says RFS Spokesman James Morris.

And truly terrifying footage has emerged from the Green Wattle Creek Fire, in Sydney’s south-west.

The blaze exploded into life in bushland west of Camden yesterday, sending firefighters, residents and media running for their lives.

Ten Total Fire Bans have been issued across the state, including Sydney.

RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd tells Steve Price properties have been lost.

“There’s no doubt that we have lost a number of structures, and possibly homes, once again yesterday. Some of these areas are still too dangerous for our crews to get in.

“There is all likelihood that we’ll see further property threat this afternoon.”

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

RFS spokesperson Greg Allan tells Deborah Knight a number of properties were impacted yesterday, and more than 680 homes have already been destroyed this season.

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Listener Grant sent through this photo of the crossroads roundabout at Londonderry, showing the smoke in the distance as a huge fire burns nearby.

Feature Image: Green Wattle Fire (Twitter/Sydney Morning Herald/Nick Moir)

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