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The Australian Rural Fire Service is working to contain a bushfire at Mulgoa on Christmas Eve.


The Australian Rural Fire Service is working to contain a bushfire at Mulgoa on Christmas Eve.

Firefighters continue to work to contain a bushfire in western Sydney, Australia, which has burnt through about 240 hectares of land.

The fire broke out on the edge of the Blue Mountains National Park in Mulgoa as the temperature passed 40 degrees on Sunday afternoon.

The blaze initially moved towards homes along Mayfair Road, before a wind change pushed it west towards the Nepean River.

Water bombing aircraft were sent to assist the effort to control the fire. The Rural Fire Service downgraded the threat level from “watch and act” to “advice” on Sunday evening. 

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The fire has not yet been contained, and over 240 firefighters remained on scene on Sunday evening as “they work to identify containment lines and gain control of the fire”, the RFS said.

Firefighters positioned themselves near homes along Mayfair Road in the afternoon but by the evening no local homes were at threat. 

“The fire has spotted across the Nepean River into the Blue Mountains National Park and continues to burn in bush land uncontained,” the RFS said in an update on their website on Sunday evening.

Western Sydney faced sweltering heat on Sunday, with a top of 41 degrees at Penrith.

The RFS has warned that fires can be difficult to control in current conditions. 

“Embers may be blown ahead of the fire, creating spot fires. These spot fires may threaten your home earlier than the predicted main fire front.”

Monday’s weather conditions are forecast to be more favourable, with temperatures in the low 20s and a chance of a shower or two. 

Those affected are encouraged to check and follow their Bush Fire Survival Plan, and reminded that leaving early is safest if they plan to leave or aren’t prepared.

 – Sydney Morning Herald

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