More than 90 fires are burning across NSW, with 20 still out of control.
Good morning early risers.
We'll be continuing our 24 hour live coverage of the bushfires this morning.
There are currently about 90 blazes across the state with 20 still out of control.
The good news is cooler conditions today are helping out our firies.
It's currently 15 degrees outside and forecast to reach 22 degrees on the coast and 24 in the west.
There are a few disruptions on the trains this morning.
Buses replace trains between Lithgow and Mt Victoria in both directions on the Blue Mountains Line due to bushfire in the area. Travellers should allow extra travel time.
Because Bells Line of Road is closed, those travelling to Bell Station are advised to speak to station staff at Lithgow or Mount Victoria.
Trains have resumed operating on the Southern Highlands Line in both directions following a bushfire in the area damaging infrastructure earlier. But delays of up to 15 minutes can be expected.
A number of Blue Mountains schools will be closed today due to fires. The Rural Fire Service has confirmed that the following schools will not be open:
- St Columba's
- St Thomas Aquinas
- Winmalee Public School
- Winmalee High School
- Ellison Primary School
- Bunya Pre-school
- Rainbow Childcare Centre
- Zig Zag Public School
- Yanderra Public School
And an emergency warning remains in place for a large bushfire between Lithgow and Bilpin.
The fire has progressed from the Lithgow area and is heading in the direction of Bilpin and Mountain Lagoon in the Blue Mountains. Over 20,000 hectares of bushland have been burnt.
If you live in the area, you can find detailed advice here.
The most problematic fire at the moment is the Ruttleys Road Fire in the Wyong area.
An emergency warning has been set to phones in the Nords Wharf area. Southerly winds have pushed the fire towards Nords Wharf. Firies are fighting the blaze near Government Road.
There are evacuation centres at Doyalson RSL, Swansea RSL and Swansea Workers Club.
There are a number of road closures this morning.
- The Pacific Highway is closed in both directions from Swansea to Lake Munmorah (The Swansea Bridge is open)
- Bells Line of Road is closed between Lithgow and Bell. (Motorists can use the Great Western Highway as an alternative)
- Darling Causeway closed between Mt Victoria and Bell
- At Raymond Terrace, Richardson Road is closed between Benjamin Lee Drive and Medowie Road
- At Heatherbrae, Masonite Road is closed between Pacific Highway and Cabbage Tree Road
- Picton Road at Wilton is closed between Hume Motorway and the Princes Highway
We'll have a better idea of the damage that's been caused when the sun rises at about 6.10am.
But last night the Premier Barry O'Farrell said he expected the number of lost homes would "at least be in the hundreds".
We followed the fires right throughout the night at smh.com.au.
You can see how it unfolded yesterday and overnight here.
We're into our 16th hour of life bushfire blogging!
The Salvos have launched a Bushfire Relief Appeal. You can donate here.
Their emergency volunteers will be helping feed people at evacuation centres this morning.
The fire at Lithgow has been downgraded from 'Emergency' to 'Watch and Act'.
Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill says at least 50 homes lost around Springwood/Winmalee, upwards of a dozen lost near Lithgow.'Dark day.' — Lucy Carter (@lucethoughts) October 17, 2013
The fire at Wyong is now the only one left in the state with the 'Emergency' status.