Huge bushfire rages near Narrabri

There were 62 bushfires burning in NSW on Monday, with 19 uncontained.

There were 62 bushfires burning in NSW on Monday, with 19 uncontained. Photo: Getty

A giant out-of-control blaze in northwest NSW has flared back up to emergency level, with residents in the remote area told it is too late to leave.

The bushfire in forest at Pilliga, near Narrabri, was relisted at emergency level on Monday afternoon after earlier being downgraded to watch and act.

Residents to the south of Narrabri were told to seek shelter as the fast-growing 64,700ha fire burned towards them.

“If you are in the area of Bohena Creek, between McCanns Road, Perimeter Road, Tomlinson Lane and Newell Highway, your life is at risk,” the NSW Rural Fire Service said in an emergency alert.

“It is too late to leave.”

Firefighters were continuing to work with the support of aircraft to slow the spread of the fire and protect properties across a number of areas.

An RFS spokesperson said there were was no confirmed reports of properties being lost or damaged, but further assessments would be conducted in coming days.

Smoke could be seen across an area spanning hundreds of kilometres from Coonamble to Tamworth and Dubbo, the RFS said earlier on Monday.

An evacuation centre was set up at Narrabri, a town of around 13,000 people, for those who had fled the fire.

As of 6pm on Monday, there were 62 fires burning across the state, with 19 not yet contained and more than 600 firefighters and incident management personnel active.


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