Families were evacuated and a home severely damaged in Sydney’s west on Sunday afternoon as emergency authorities issued an urgent watch and act warning for a blaze.
The threat comes as temperatures soared in the New South Wales capital with the mercury expected to rise above 40C.
The NSW Rural Fire Service confirmed a fire was burning in bushland next to Whitehaven Road in Northmead with water bombing operations attempting to contain the spread.
Photos reveal the home was severely damaged.
At least one home was engulfed by the blaze and multiple fire crews were on the scene, while were also reports of another fire burning in Belrose in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
In Northmead, residents were urged to avoid the area and watch for embers that were threatening to start a fire ahead of the main blaze but the threat to home had eased at 3pm according to NSW RFS.
Fire fighters were desperately working to save a home on Whitehaven Road, RFS spokesman Greg Allan said according to The Daily Telegraph.
“Follow the direction of firefighters and follow your bushfire survival plan and if you are in immediate danger call triple-0,” he said.
The fire threat came as Sydneysiders endured the hottest November night since 1967, with the mercury not dipping south of 25.3C.
“Last night’s minimum went down to 25.3 degrees at Observatory Hill,” meteorologist Helen Kirkup told NCA NewsWire.
“Previously the highest November night on temperature was 24.8 degrees, which was in 1967.”
For Sunday, she said, the prediction was: “Just hot. Really hot.”
The warm north-westerly wind will stick around and likely see the CBD hit 40C and Penrith 42C.
A cool southerly was expected to blow in between 2pm and 5pm, making for a far more comfortable evening.
Northeastern NSW is also facing a sweltering day, with Grafton expected to hit 42C and Taree 41C.
With temperatures expected to remain very high across the state in the coming days, NSW Health has urged people to cool their home through fans, airconditioning, closed blinds, and stay home.
“People going to the beach or pool should keep 1.5 metres from anyone other than those in their own household. To ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the water and keeps out of the heat, we encourage people to swim and leave,” the health department said in a statement.