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‘Too late to leave’: Bushfire bearing down on South Coast residents

An out-of-control bushfire has doubled in size and is threatening homes near Batemans Bay on the state’s south coast.

An Emergency Warning is in place for the blaze burning at Currowan, where residents are being told it’s too late to leave.

The fire has closed more than The Princes Highway between Turmeil and the Kings Highway turnoff.

More than 1500 firefighters are working to stop the spread of the bushfire, which is one of 125 burning across New South Wales.

The situation is expected to worsen, with strong winds becoming even more severe throughout the day.

Deputy RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers tells Ben Fordham it’s going to be a long night for firefighters.

“Those people that live on that Princes Highway itself are unfortunately going to be affected by that fire.”

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Smoke from bushfires still burning in the Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains is expected to hang over Sydney until Wednesday.

People with respiratory conditions are again being urged to stay indoors and keep medication close at hand.


Image: NSW RFS