Southern commander of Shoalhaven Fire and Rescue NSW Mick Adams said considering the amount of properties in the vicinity of the fire the fact that none were lost has been notched up as a win.
“The fire area was about seven hectares,” he said. “We had 12 fire appliances from Fire and Rescue NSW and the RFS.
“The point of origin for this fire was at the rear of Eziway Concrete and police are investigating how the fire started.
“When we turned up the fire was burning close to a factory, it had gotten into tyres and pallets which was a nightmare. “We got a hose line in place to stop that part of the fire getting into the factory and we were successful.”
The strong wind sent the fire racing through bush and grass toward houses down wind towards Old Southern Road. Mr Adams was notified of the threat and sent appliances to protect the homes. He said Fire and Rescue NSW and the RFS were successful in protecting the properties downwind of the fire.
In the Wingecarribee fire has also swept through the southern Highlands village of Balmoral, Bargo and is threatening Yanderra. The school has been evacuated. At least one home has been lost.
An evacuation centre has been established at the Mittagong RSL Club.
Traffic is gridlocked in the affected regions.
The Bureau of Meteorology is not predicting a change until about 9pm.
At least seven emergency warnings are in place around the State. There are reports of dozens of homes lost in those regions.
Macquarie Pass has been closed.
The Rural Fire Service is urging people who haven't already done so, to make their bushfire plans.