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Homes threatened as fire north of Sydney jumps creek

Homes threatened as fire north of Sydney jumps creek
At least one home has been lost in the NSW Blue Mountains this evening after a huge blaze crossed a creek.
The NSW Rural Fire Service issued an 'emergency' warning this afternoon for Mount Wilson, Mount Irvine, Mount Tomah and Berambing, with residents told to take shelter as it is too late to leave.
The Gospers Mountain fire broke containment lines and crossed Bowen Creek, south of Mount Wilson, this afternoon.
Fire fighters attempt to save a home engulfed by flames in Mount Wilson late today. (NSW RFS)
The Gospers Mountain blaze - which is roughly the size of Greater Sydney - crossed Bowen Creek this afternoon.
Winds are creating spot fires ahead of the main fire front. (NSW RFS)
NSW Rural Fire Service fire crews are currently working to save homes that are in the line of the fire. (NSW RFS)
Winds are creating spot fires ahead of the main fire front.
The blaze, which is roughly the size of Greater Sydney, stretches from Lithgow in the west through the Hawksbury and towards the Central Coast.
Bells Line of Road – one of the main thoroughfares from Sydney through the Blue Mountains – remains closed tonight, one of several road closures in the region.
For more details, including a full list of road closures, visit the NSW RFS website.
Firefighters are currently battling more than 100 blazes across New South Wales, with conditions expected to worsen in coming days.
Firefighters battling the Gospers Mountain blaze have been faced with a wall of flames. (NSW RFS)
This large fire stretches from the Lithgow area in the west, through the Hawkesbury area and towards the Central Coast in the east.
The blaze has been burning for weeks, but forecast worsening conditions in the coming days bring a fresh challenge to fire crews. (NSW RFS)
Over 100 fires continue to burn around the state. (NSW RFS)
Temperatures could reach the high 40s in the west of the state by Thursday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Total fire bans will be in place on the Far North Coast, Central Ranges, New England, Northern Slopes and North Western regions on Monday.
Sydneysiders have once again endured a hazy day as smoke from the fires blows across the city.