15 Apr '18, 1pm

Hundreds of firefighters battle blaze south-west of Sydney fuelled by heatwave.

SYDNEY - More than 500 firefighters, dozens of fire trucks and 15 aircraft battled a major bushfire south-west of Sydney on Sunday (April 15) to try to protect scores of homes threatened by the blaze. Australian Broadcasting Corp online reported that some homes had been affected. It said the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) couldn't immediately confirm the level of damage. But the fire service said the blaze had burned about 2,500 ha around Holsworthy and Menai, with other nearby areas also under threat. Fire conditions eased later on Sunday, allowing firefighters to step up efforts to bring the blaze under control. The intensity of the blaze, fuelled by unseasonably hot weather and high winds, had alarmed firefighters. The BBC quoted RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons as saying the fire was behaving "very aggressively". The strong winds have been pushing the flame...

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