Huge bush­fire threat in Syd­ney sub­urbs

Some lo­cals evac­u­ated from their homes as it blazed through more than 2,430 hectares

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Hun­dreds of firefighters were yes­ter­day bat­tling a large bush­fire that was rag­ing near Syd­ney sub­urbs, with au­thor­i­ties say­ing it was “mirac­u­lous” no houses had been dam­aged and no one had been in­jured.

New South Wales state po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the bush­fire in south-western Syd­ney, which started on Satur­day af­ter­noon amid un­sea­son­ably warm au­tumn weather and strong winds, with sus­pi­cions it was de­lib­er­ately lit.

The blaze has burnt through more than 2,430 hectares (6,005 acres) so far, with some lo­cals evac­u­ated from their homes.

De­spite the fire’s size and its prox­im­ity to sev­eral sub­urbs, no prop­er­ties were known to be lost, the New South Wales Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice said.

“It is ab­so­lutely mirac­u­lous that we have not lost any lives and vir­tu­ally no prop­erty and this is be­cause of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion and hero­ism of our fire ser­vices,” the state’s act­ing Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Mark Speak­man told re­porters yes­ter­day.

The only dam­age re­ported were to fences and a chil­dren’s play­house.


Fire­men tack­ling a bush­fire burn­ing at Voy­ager Point, south of Syd­ney, on Sun­day.

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