Bushfire returns: ‘Protect yourself’
A NEW bushfire is threatening homes in NSW's scorched north with firefighters and aircraft working hard to slow its spread.
The blaze ignited at Tubbamurra, north of Armidale, on Saturday and has quickly moved east towards homes at nearby Backwater, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.
An emergency warning has been issued for residents in the area of Pinkett Rd advising them to seek shelter, while firefighters are being moved to the homes, an RFS spokesman said.
"Protect yourself from the heat of the fire," the official bushfire warning stated at 2.42pm.
"Emergency Alert telephone warning messages are being sent to phones in the area.
"Check and follow your Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes. Leaving early is your safest option."
The bushfire is spreading rapidly and has crossed Mt Mitchell Rd.
EMERGENCY WARNING - Pinkett Road Backwater fire (Armidale LGA). Firefighters and aircraft are working to protect a number of homes and properties at Backwater. Seek shelter if the fire impacts on your property. #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/57V2cKp9QM— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) October 19, 2019
The region has hosted the worst of all blazes in NSW so far this bushfire season.
Two people have died, dozens of homes have been destroyed and 3100 square kilometres - equivalent to a quarter of the area of Greater Sydney - has been scorched since July in bushfires in the state's far north coast and New England regions.
NSW RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd told news.com.au today warm and dry conditions should reduce "a little bit" on Sunday.
However temperatures are set to warm up again later in the week along with dangerous winds, he said.
There are a number of total fire bans in place across the state.
Warm, dry and windy conditions are forecast today. Three total fire bans are now in force for the Greater Hunter, Northern Slopes and North Western areas. Report all unattended fires to Triple Zero. #NSWRFShttps://t.co/KzvjEEfMKe— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) October 18, 2019