The RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the conditions would remain “very serious and dangerous” over the coming days, and the forecast is that Saturday “will be even worse”.
“While we still have fires burning effectively from the Queensland border right down to the south coast of New South Wales, the worst of the fire weather conditions, the extreme fire danger ratings we are expecting today, are centred around the greater Sydney, the Illawarra Shoalhaven area under southern ranges,” she said.
Fitzsimmons said the fire burning between Batemans Bay and Ulladulla is “likely to impact communities” in those areas today. He said another fire burning to Sydney’s south-west effectively spans from Picton in south-west to the town of Oberon in the west.
“That southern exposure is quite at risk for communities,” he said.