Man charged with deliberately lighting NSW bushfire

Emergency workers help residents leave homes as smoke from the Nowra fire blankets the area

A total fire ban was issued for Sydney, the Illawarra and Hunter regions on Wednesday - something not seen so early in the season in almost a decade.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has completed the first stage of property assessments following the fire, which has burnt through more than 3,300 hectares and is still out of control.

A fire burning out of control north of Bemboka.

Watch-and-act messages were issued for fires in the Blue Mountains, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley, Bega Valley, Mount Kingiman and North Nowra.

NSW RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd said the Ulladulla region fire had "whipped up unbelievably quick" on Wednesday morning under the strong gusts.

Mr Webster said firefighters were using a "window of opportunity" to backburn ahead of deteriorating conditions on Saturday.

A 300-hectare fire burns out of control at Bemboka.

She says if the fire comes her way she'll stay and seek shelter in the pool.

Any easing of conditions is likely to be short-lived, with temperatures and wind whipping up again on Saturday.

"It'll be days and days to try and get containment of both of those fires", he said.

Aretha Franklin tribute this weekend at Detroit's Motown Museum
At the time, Franklin's career had hit a bit of a slump, as she was navigating pop music's transition through soul to disco. She made worldwide headlines in 2008, when she sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" during President Barack Obama's inauguration.

Aretha Franklin started with gospel, ended with soul at age 76
In recent days, the ailing star had been visited by Stevie Wonder, the Rev Jesse Jackson and her ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman . Franklin won 18 Grammy awards. "This will be my previous year ", Franklin said in an interview with a local Detroit TV station .

Novak Djokovic beats Steve Johnson in the Cincinnati Masters first round
South Korea's Chung Hyeon rallied past a struggling Jack Sock for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory. Last year's losing finalist finally saw off the American on his sixth match point.

Residents near the fire were seen covering their faces in a bid to escape the smoke that were rising above their homes.

On Wednesday, RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said firefighters were anxious the milder conditions would not last long.

"It is a really early start to these severe fires, and it's only really been three months since the last serious fire we had, which was in April".

"It's certainly scary", she said.

Very high fire danger warnings are on Thursday in place for the New England, Northern Slopes and Far North Coast regions of the state.

Queenslanders are being warned to prepare for bushfires as the weekend approaches, with the threat forecast to be high and very high in most of the state.

NSW rural fire service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said the fires at Bega and Ulladulla were "quite big" and would stay uncontained for "some time".

Conditions in NSW are dry - last week 100 per cent of the state was declared either "in drought" or "drought affected".

RFS Building Impact Assessment Teams confirmed one house was damaged in a separate bushfire at North Nowra, where one outbuilding was destroyed and another was damaged.

Related News:

  • Ebola: DR Congo Begins Use Of New Treatment

    Ebola: DR Congo Begins Use Of New Treatment

    Targeted vaccination, aimed primarily at front-line health workers, began last week, and so far 216 people have received a jab. Fourteen of the deaths had been confirmed by lab tests, the ministry said. "The virus is risky to us all", Tedros said.
    Teyana Taylor Disses Jeremih; Announces Exit From Joint Tour

    Teyana Taylor Disses Jeremih; Announces Exit From Joint Tour

    On Wednesday (Aug. 15), Taylor announced that she was done with the tour after being "extremely mistreated" by her tourmate. She also claimed that even though she was the supporting act, people really showed up just to see her.
    Oscar Health to get $375M infusion from Alphabet

    Oscar Health to get $375M infusion from Alphabet

    Prior to this investment by Alphabet, Oscar had secured funding from two business divisions of Alphabet just a few months ago. Before the latest investment, Oscar had raised nearly $900 million, garnering a $3.2 billion valuation.
  • Gunshots fired on set of 6ix9ine and 50 Cent music video

    Gunshots fired on set of 6ix9ine and 50 Cent music video

    The site reports that based on the shell casings, the shooter appears to have used a 9mm semi-automatic weapon. NY rappers Casanova and Uncle Murda were also on the set along with film crews.
    Italy declares year-long state of emergency after bridge disaster

    Italy declares year-long state of emergency after bridge disaster

    Experts said the bridge had an unusual design, featuring pre-stressed reinforced concreted in a method which Morandi had patented. There have been previous reports and comments questioning how the Morandi bridge was built and how long it could last.
    Sprint, LG Aim to Bring First 5G Smartphone to US Next Year

    Sprint, LG Aim to Bring First 5G Smartphone to US Next Year

    With this, a total number of nine cities would get Sprint's super fast 5G network when it begins deployment next year. If the launch goes as planned, Sprint will become the first carrier to offer 5G services across the country.
  • Highlights of Ontario's online platform, private retail model

    Highlights of Ontario's online platform, private retail model

    Ontario will begin to consult on a number of rules all retailers will be mandated to follow including set hours of operation and staff training.
    Tottenham's stadium move pushed back

    Tottenham's stadium move pushed back

    Spurs on Tuesday insisted, contrary to reports, the option to have Wembley as a contingency plan had been arranged in late 2017. The other option, which is unlikely to be approved by the Premier League , is to move the fixture to Etihad Stadium.
    Trump says his steel tariffs will save the USA  industry

    Trump says his steel tariffs will save the USA industry

    He also predicted that the competition USA companies will face in the future will mostly be domestic due to his actions. He told the Journal the 25 per cent tariffs on steel will rescue an industry important to USA national security.
  • Parrot tells firefighter to 'f*ck off' during rescue attempt

    Parrot tells firefighter to 'f*ck off' during rescue attempt

    While the rescue was not exactly successful, as Jessie chose to fly away from the spot to another roof and then on a tree. A parrot stuck on a London roof treated firefighters who came to its rescue with a torrent of invective.
    Pregnant Woman, 2 Young Daughters Vanish in Colorado

    Pregnant Woman, 2 Young Daughters Vanish in Colorado

    Christopher Watts and Shanann Cathryn Rzucek were married in Mecklenburg County on November 3, 2012, public records show. In an interview with 9NEWS on Tuesday, Chris Watts said the disappearance of his wife and daughters was traumatic.
    Saudi Arabian Regulators Reiterate Ban on Cryptocurrency Trading

    Saudi Arabian Regulators Reiterate Ban on Cryptocurrency Trading

    The committee indicated that apart from cryptocurrencies, they are also targeting unregulated forex trading in the country. The warning specifically mentions that bitcoin, along with other types of virtual currencies, are illegal in the kingdom.


Most liked

Motorola P30 Looks More Like iPhone X Than iPhone X Itself
It also has 6GB RAM , 128GB storage , a fingerprint sensor - embedded in the logo on the rear - and facial recognition. The smartphone is basically a ripoff of iPhone X's design with paint job that is taken straight from Huawei P20 Pro .

Gunmen attack intelligence service center in Afghan capital Kabul
He said the gunmen were shooting at the facility and it wasn't immediately clear how many gunmen were involved in the assault. Locals say that numerous wounded are in serious condition, and are unlikely to survive.

How Madonna Celebrated Her 60th Birthday
Shakespeare wrote about Cleopatra, "Age can not with her, not custom stale her infinite variety". In another, she playfully holds a small piece of cloth above her face that reads "The Queen".

Man City MF De Bruyne injured in training
One notable aspect is that the Catalan coach seems to use the words "top" and "guys" more than any other in the English language. Often, when I don't know something, I act in front of the players as if I do. "Most of the time I am on my own".

Louis Vuitton designer makes new apparel for Serena Williams
The American player will wear another interesting outfit, designed by Virgil Abloh , the artistic director for Louis Vuitton . It's an aggressive and powerful game, but it takes touch and finesse", Abloh said in the press release.

Duterte says Beijing should rethink its behavior in disputed S. China Sea
There was no immediate response from the Chinese embassy in Manila . Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims in the sea.

Atal Behari Vaypayee: Former India PM dies at 93
Thereafter, he was elected to the parliament many times, to both houses of Indian parliament - Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. He was a lifelong poet who revered nature but who oversaw India's growth into a swaggering regional economic power.

Schalke 04 'not in for Danny Rose, Ruben Loftus-Cheek'
Sarri wants to implement a 4-3-3 formation at Chelsea this season where Jorginho will play the role of a deep lying midfielder. But he has been with Chelsea for nearly four years now and hasn't seen the field much.

Musk proposes Los Angeles tunnel to Dodger Stadium
First, it doesn't need to worry about raising funds for the Dugout Loop - the company plans to pay for the project on its own. The Boring Company is proposing three potential routes from Dodger Stadium (at right) to the L.A.

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies aged 76
Her best-known appearance with a president was in January 2009 when she sang at Obama's inauguration. Correction: This story has been corrected to clearly identify that Aretha Franklin performed at Dr.

One Park, One Day, 41 Overdoses
Malloy said the state departments of Public Health and Mental Health and Addiction Services were helping New Haven officials. More than a dozen people overdosed on synthetic marijuana July 4 in New Haven, The Associated Press reported at the time.

Braves-Marlins brawl, Ronald Acuna Jr. hit by pitch
X-rays on Acuna's left elbow were negative, and the Braves are expected to announce results of a CT scan sometime Thursday. Acuna had been 8 for 13 with four homers in the three previous games between the teams in the series in Atlanta.

Brennan says Trump move 'designed to send message'
President Donald Trump confers with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, during a cabinet meeting on Thursday in the White House. Shortly after they sent out the first statement , the White House released a second, identical statement that was undated.

Zion Williamson throws down dunk from free throw line
If you've heard of the name Zion Williamson then you already know that the 6'7, 285 lbs freshman from SC can DUNK . His ability to dunk from the free-throw line at that size is a testament to his otherworldly athleticism.

New York University offers free tuition to all medical students
The medical school said it is the first top 10-ranked medical school to provide full scholarships regardless of need or merit. Rafael Rivera, associate dean for admission and financial aid, told ABC News in a telephone interview Thursday.