Bushfire threatens homes in N western Sydney

15:15, December 17, 2009      

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Homes are under threat from a fast-moving bushfire on Sydney's northwestern outskirts that broke out on Thursday.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) said the fire in the northwestern suburbs of Sydney at Londonderry broke out early in the morning but the situation worsened dramatically about 2.30pm (AEDT).

About 200 fire-fighters and five aircraft, including an air crane, were now at the scene battling against the combination of extreme heat, dry conditions and strong winds.

"Homes are coming under threat as we speak, so fire-fighters are working very closely with residents in that area," RFS spokeswoman Rebel Talbert said.

"We are just advising people that it is moving very quickly and they need to activate their bushfire survival plan now and work with fire-fighters on the ground."

The RFS has urged people to avoid the area, if possible, and has issued an emergency warning.

Source: Xinhua
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