Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Park Visitors Rescued From Bushfire as Heatwave Strikes Australia

Park Visitors Rescued From Bushfire as Heatwave Strikes Australia

The out of control bushfire burning in the Royal National Park on Saturday.

"Firefighters, police, surf lifesavers and National Parks personnel are working with people at beaches in the Royal National Park to help manage their relocation as it's safe to do so - including by boat and road escort", The RFS wrote on FaceBook.

Given the limited mobile coverage in the Royal National Park, Mr Morris said many people in the bushland were "unlikely" to have received emergency text warnings.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has told those in the park to leave only if the path is clear or if directed by emergency services.

Firefighters worked through the night to extinguish one of those blazes with the second fire now being brought under control.

Scores of visitors to the Royal National Park were rescued by boat from beaches after becoming stranded, according to the RFS.

Boats from Marine Rescue NSW NSW Police NSW Maritime and Surf Life Saving NSW evacuate people from the Royal National Park
Boats from Marine Rescue NSW NSW Police NSW Maritime and Surf Life Saving NSW evacuate people from the Royal National Park

Further south, near Bowral, rural properties in the Alders and Crees Road areas in Bannaby may come under threat from a grassfire, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.

And east of Canberra, firefighters from the ACT have been sent into NSW to protect houses threatened by another bushfire in the Southern Tablelands.

"Their objectives are to protect properties, attack and contain the main fire and contain spot fires", the ACT Emergency Services Agency said.

Meanwhile, firefighters continue to battle with a bushfire that's burnt about 20,000 hectares in the Pilliga Forest between Coonabarabran and Narrabri.

Residents across the state have been urged to prepare their homes in case of a bushfire and remain vigilant as the temperatures heat up.

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