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NSW bushfires: Colo Heights homes under threat, one destroyed

Three Mile Fire.Courtesy: Dailytelegraph

A home has been lost on the Central Coast as firefighters battle two major bushfires that have flared up on Wednesday afternoon.

An emergency warning has been issued for the fire at Gospers Mountain in the Hawkesbury which has already burnt through more than 231,000 hectares in the Wollemi, Yengo and Dharug National Parks.

Buildings in the Colo Heights area under threat and residents are urged to seek shelter.

A second blaze nearby at Three Mile, which is also burning in the Yengo and Dharug National Parks, is out of control and was upgraded to Watch and Act status on Wednesday afternoon.

NSW Rural Fire Service says the fire is more than 5,800 hectares in size and is expected to increase. Those in the following areas are asked to activate bush fire survival plans or leave:

Mangrove Creek, Greengrove, Lower Mangrove, Upper Mangrove, Central Macdonald and Lower Macdonald.

In the Hunter Region near Dungog an out of control fire is burning at Martins Creek Rd east of Paterson. The blaze was upgraded to emergency at 5:30pm on Wednesday and is spreading quickly with those in Red Hill or Dun Creek have been told it’s too late to leave.

There were 116 fires burning across NSW on Wednesday afternoon, with 60 of those uncontained.

Seven fires are at the Watch and Act alert status with more than 2,200 personnel actively working.

The Currowan blaze near Batemans Bay has so far destroyed at least one home near Kioloa.

The fire reached coastal areas on Tuesday evening and the town held talks on Wednesday afternoon about whether to evacuate.

Damage assessment teams investigating the impact of the Currowan fire have so far been hampered by ongoing dangerous conditions.