Emergency warnings have been issued for five out-of-control bushfires burning in the northern part of NSW, as firefighters brace for “extreme” conditions on Friday.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said it was “too late to leave” for residents in the path of a large blaze in Tenterfield near the Queensland border that has already burnt almost 8000 hectares.
The fire is moving in a north-easterly direction through the Torrington State Forest. People in the area of Silent Grove, Maids Valley and Mole River are instructed to “shelter in place as the fire approaches [and] protect yourself from the heat of the fire”.
Gusty winds are expected to worsen throughout the afternoon, with smoke and embers spotting ahead of the main fire front.