The Oaks, southwest of Sydney: Major fire breaks out

Firefighters are battling an out-of-control blaze in Sydney’s southwest as bushfires rage across the state.

The fire started Monday at a property on Montpelier Drive in The Oaks, northwest of Picton, and is threatening to spread east toward Sunnyside Road.

A total fire ban has been imposed in the area after the fire danger was raised to “extreme”.

Eight hectares of bushland have already been engulfed by the fire, with the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) describing the fire as “out of control”.

Footage of the fire shows firefighters on the scene trying to control the grass fire that is threatening nearby farmland.

Firefighters are battling an out-of-control fire at The Oaks in Sydney's southwest (pictured) after a fire broke out at a nearby property

Firefighters are battling an out-of-control fire at The Oaks in Sydney’s southwest (pictured) after a fire broke out at a nearby property

The fire has already burned eight acres of land and is threatening to spread east toward Sunnyside Road

The fire has already burned eight acres of land and is threatening to spread east toward Sunnyside Road

Two bushfires near Tenterfield in the northern states continue to burn out of control as residents have been advised to “remain vigilant and monitor the surrounding area”.

A fire near Woodisde’s Frost Road, 17km west of Tenterfield, has burned 250 hectares of land as it spreads north towards the Bruxner Highway.

“People near Bruxner Highway should prepare now,” the NSWRFS website says.

The other bushfire, which started about 70km east of Tenterfield on Oglivie Road in Tablum, has reportedly destroyed 65 hectares, according to a NSWRFS report at 2.34pm on Monday.

NSWRFS is urging residents near Plains Station Road to also prepare for the fire to spread eastward.

There’s more to come.

Emma Colton

Janice Dean is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Janice Dean joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: janicedean@wstpost.com.

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