| 05.01,19. 04:20 PM |
Fire threatens homes at South Maroota in NSW
Photo: A fire in Sydney's Hills district has prompted an emergency warning. (ABC News: Dan Cox)
An emergency warning has been issued for residents in Sydney's Hills district as a bushfire threatens homes, fanned by strong and gusty winds.
The out-of-control blaze was burning at South Maroota, threatening properties in the area around Sackville Ferry Road in the area of Gallaghers Road and Tuff Hill Lane.
The NSW Rural Fire Service warned residents to seek shelter in a solid structure to protect themselves from the heat of the fire if it impacts their area.
RFS spokesman James Morris said the blaze was moving fast in a north-westerly direction after storms over Sydney passed across the fire ground.
"We aren't seeing any rain at this stage over the fire ground," Mr James said.
Two storm cells were causing issues for firefighters.
The RFS said there were about 200 people believed to be in the area, which was mainly bushland and tourist drives.
An emergency text message has been sent, Mr James said.
"There's very little housing in there, we do believe there is a nudist colony in through that location, which is the reason for sending that text message."