‘Too late to flee’ as bushfire rips through Holsworthy military base

Several firefighters standing on a bridge looking at flames.More than 140 firefighters are battling an out-of-control blaze in Sydney’s south-west, where the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has told people in some areas it is too late to leave.

Key points:
The NSW RFS says there are no reports of fatalities or destroyed homes yet
The blaze began at Moorebank and is moving in a south-easterly direction
It has been an unseasonably hot Autumn in Sydney, with a new April temperature record set on Monday
The blaze started at Moorebank and is burning in a south-easterly direction through the Holsworthy army base and around Heathcote Road.

People in Voyager Point, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Wattle Grove and the Holsworthy military complex should seek shelter because it is too late to leave.

The NSW RFS said there were no reports of fatalities or homes being destroyed yet. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Emergency messages are being sent to people in the area, and some residents in surrounding areas were evacuated earlier in the afternoon.

Jayden Smith, who lives in Holsworthy, said he hosed down his house and back fence this afternoon as thick smoke surrounded the area.

“I was just worried about the house and the family,” he said.

“Earlier there was a lot more panic everywhere. There were sirens everywhere.”

via Emergency warning issued as bushfire rips through Holsworthy military base – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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