Getting ready for this year’s wildfires have their risks. A hazard reduction burn is being controlled by firefighters after skipping containment lines, forcing nearby properties to be evacuated.
Around 50 firefighters were in Sydney Harbour National Park fighting to keep the blaze under control. The planned hazard reduction burn got away from firefighters this afternoon due to weather changes.
About 9:00pm (local time) on Saturday the 17th, the NSW RFS tweeted the fire had progressed south to the local lookout.
It was not threatening any homes, but firefighters were working to protect some structures around the headlands that were at risk.
Residents in the North Head area were advised to remain in their homes and shut their windows.
Fire and Rescue NSW crews were being assisted by Rural Fire Service and National Parks and Wildlife fire crews. Two water-bombing helicopters were also deployed.
The fire was generating significant smoke which was impacting nearby suburbs.
Investigations are taking place to see if lessons can be learnt.