120 bush and grass fires burning across New South Wales

More than 100 fires, including three emergency level bushfires, are burning across New South Wales until Monday evening.

“There are nearly 120 bush and grass fires burning across the state and around 70 are not yet contained,” the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said in a tweet.

Earlier the Gospers Mountain Fire in the Blue Mountains region crossed Wolgan Road and is burning in the Ben Bullen State Forest. Firefighters lost control of the fire to the south last evening.

“If you’re in Wolgan Valley area, it’s too late to leave. Seek shelter as fire approaches. Protect yourself from heat of the fire,” NSW RFS tweeted.

“As conditions deteriorate in the coming days, there is the risk of fire spreading to new areas such as Kurrajong and Bowen Mountain. People in the area should know what to do if fire threatens,” NSW RFS said.

It comes after NSW RFS said a blaze which destroyed up to 20 properties in Sydney’s west was started by a back-burning operation.

Fire crews experienced a shift in conditions during the operation, with flames 30 metres high and winds up to 100 km/h.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast severe heatwave conditions for most of NSW throughout the week.

Almost 2000 firefighters are battling 108 blazes across the state.

Some 724 homes, 49 facilities and 1582 outbuildings had been destroyed so far this fire season. Six people have died and 2.7 million hectares have been scorched

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