Aerial Footage Shows Bushfires Burning at Royal National Park

Andrew Cummings
January 22, 2018

Stranded hikers and tourists have been rescued by boat from beaches south of Sydney as an out of control fire tore through bushland in the Royal National Park.

The fires forced the closure of the Royal National Park south of Bundeena and the evacuation of hundreds of visitors on Saturday afternoon.

The Royal National Park fire is being treated as suspicious.

"That smoke has been affecting south-western Sydney, the Illawarra and further south along the coast but there's no threat to properties at this stage", a NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman told AAP.

About 200 people, including those at a junior surf carnival, had to be rescued by firefighters on boats as they were unable to leave the area on their own, Mr Morris said.

The Greater Sydney Region has been issued with a very high fire danger rating and the NSW Rural Fire Service is encouraging residents to monitor conditions.

Total fire bans have been declared for the Southern Ranges, Central Ranges, Greater Hunter and Greater Sydney on Monday.

Meanwhile, aircraft water-bombers tried to slow the fire.

In the Southern Tablelands of NSW, a bushfire has burnt more than 1600 hectares at Bannaby, with firefighters working overnight to establish and strengthen containment lines.

The blaze, which is burning in the Pilliga Forest between Coonabarabran and Narrabri and to the east of Baradine, was downgraded on Sunday evening to advice level.

The RFS deputy commissioner, Rob Rogers, said it was lucky nobody was killed in the blaze and it was infuriating people could think of starting a fire on objective.

A number of other fires continue to burn across the state, although there were no emergency warnings at the time of writing.

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