Hazardous air quality as NSW fires burn on
More than 50 bushfires are still burning across NSW, with widespread very high fire danger and hazy Sydney conditions set to stay.
While there are no total fire bans in place for Friday the Rural Fire Service NSW says warm weather is set to continue, with nine regions - including the ACT and entire northern coast - at "very high" fire danger.
Greater Sydney is at "high" fire danger but is also grappling with heavy smoke blanketing the city from the nearby Gospers Mountain fire in the Hawkesbury, which has burned through more than 170,000 hectares.
Sydney is today ranked ninth in the world for poor air quality, compared to other major cities.
A dust storm coming in from South Australia would also reduce visibility.
The RFS said haze around Sydney would dissipate throughout the day but NSW air quality indexes on Friday morning deemed Sydney's northwest and southwest regions "hazardous" for air pollution. Sydney's east was deemed between "very poor" and "hazardous" quality.
The Lower and Upper Hunter regions were also enduring hazardous air quality.
The RFS announced on Thursday that 612 homes had so far been lost in the state's bushfires, including 530 in the past fortnight alone.
The fires have also claimed six lives this bushfire season.
A total of 55 fires were burning at 9am on Friday around NSW, with 26 uncontained and hundreds of firefighters still in the field.
The NSW government, meanwhile, has announced bushfire victims who have lost important identity documents can have them replaced for free.
Those needing a new driver's licence could obtain interim licences on the spot.
"Anyone who has lost paperwork such as a birth certificate or marriage certificate can apply to have them replaced at no cost as a priority," NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said in a statement.