The small town of Liandio on the outskirts of Sydney is being threatened by the first fire of the season. Although it is not a large fire the proximity to Sydney is causing problems.
Rural Fire Service (RFS) Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said there were reports two properties had been damaged. “But right now we’re just trying to save as much as we can and halt the progress of this fire.”
Authorities said the blaze was moving quickly towards neighbouring suburbs and an emergency warning had been issued for Llandilo and Londonderry, near Penrith.
Deputy Commissioner Rogers said the fire was “burning extremely ferociously in high winds.”
300 firefighters are now in attendance complemented by large fixed and rotary winged aircraft.
“It’s moving in a south-easterly direction from the Llandilo area We’ve got a lot of aircraft on it.”
He said authorities were concerned the fire could head “towards more urbanised areas a few kilometres in that south-easterly direction”.
One man said his utility was engulfed by the fire while parked beside nearby bushland at Cranebrook earlier this afternoon. “It [the fire] moved like a rocket” he told 702 ABC Sydney.
Another man said he managed to extinguish flames at the front of his house after he ran home from work.
More than 30 crews from Fire and Rescue NSW and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) are at the scene.
Motorists are urged to avoid Cranebrook where many roads are now closed, including a section of Northern Road.
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