Blue Mountains bushfire being treated as “suspicious”

The NSW Rural Fire Service says it is treating a bushfire in the Blue Mountains as suspicious.

Last night the RFS declared an emergency warning for the Wentworth Falls area, as the blaze came dangerously close to homes.

But that has now been downgraded to an advice alert, following evening rain.

RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd says it could be a number of days before the cause is known.

“Given the absence of any natural causes, we are treating the fire as suspicious,” Mr Shepherd said.

“Not necessarily deliberately lit, there is word that this area is quite common with campers so we have to rule things out like escaped campfires.”

Around 150 firefighters remained at the scene through the night to battle the blaze, with this number increasing to at least 200 today.

The RFS says conditions have eased and homes are no longer under threat, but there are some concerns about increasing winds today.

The fire began on Friday evening and has so far burned through about 300 hectares of land.

 

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