Понедельник, 23 Апреля, 2018

A Bushfire Still Burning in Sydney's West is Being Treated as Suspicious

Sydney bushfire still out of control and may have been deliberately lit Firefighters battle major bush fire in Sydney suburbs
Sammy Stanley | 16 Апреля, 2018, 10:09

Firefighters worked through the night to backburn areas around Heathcote Road near Pleasure Point, as well as the Holsworthy military base.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the only damage reports were of fences and a children's playhouse caught in the fire's advance.

The fire, which started at about 2.30pm on Saturday, has blackened more than 2400 hectares and continues to burn towards Barden Ridge.

Residents in Sandy Point, Pleasure Point, Voyager Point, Alfords Point, Barden Ridge, Illawong, Menai and Bangor are still advised to keep a close eye on the situation and activate their bushfire survival plans if conditions change.

"The good news is that the wind conditions will be easing, so we should see winds that are about half the speeds of what we had".

Conditions had improved Monday as winds eased, with firefighters working to slow the spread of the flames.

Many residents in Menai made a decision to remain at their homes and were kept busy fighting ember attacks.

Despite the fire's size and its proximity to several suburbs, with some locals evacuated from their homes, no properties were known to be lost, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said.

Fitzsimmons said it would be "sickening and reprehensible" if the fire was discovered to have been arson.

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"So I'm sure everyone's been out checking their roof, making sure everything's wetted down and keep an eye on those spot fires".

The fire resulted in hundreds of people being evacuated from their homes on Saturday evening with flames nearly reaching properties at Holsworthy and Wattle Grove and spot fires later threatening Sutherland and Menai.

Westerly winds are expected to pick up again on Monday afternoon but will not be as extreme as conditions at the weekend.

The temperature may remain a cause for concern, according to the RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers.

"As we say all the time, no one tolerates this in the community".

A spokeswoman for Mr Constance said the minister had asked the Secretary of Transport for NSW to refer the operation of the train to the Office of Transport Safety Investigations for review.

The RFS said there was very little rain forecast over the next few days across the fire ground and most parts of the state.

NSW Police on Sunday evening announced a task force had been set up to investigate whether the fire, which began in the vicinity of Leacocks Reserve in Casula, was deliberately lit.

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