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Raging bushfires close Sydney’s Royal National Park with visitors urged to head for safety on the beach – as crews battle other blazes amid east coast heatwave

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Two out-of-control fires ripping through the Royal National Park in Sydney have been downgraded.

NSW Rural Fire Service confirmed the fires had been downgraded to Watch and Act status on Saturday afternoon.  

The blaze earlier forced the closure of the Royal National Park south of Bundeena. 

Authorities have said beaches may provide safety for people who are unable to leave and the park is now closed to the public.

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An out-of-control bushfire is raging in the NSW Royal National Park, near Bundeena

An out-of-control bushfire is raging in the NSW Royal National Park, near Bundeena

Authorities have said beaches may provide safety for people who are unable to leave

Authorities have said beaches may provide safety for people who are unable to leave

Australia's south-east is currently sweltering through a summer heatwave with temperatures soaring past 40C in some parts of the country

Australia’s south-east is currently sweltering through a summer heatwave with temperatures soaring past 40C in some parts of the country

The fire was seen burning in the background at Nelune Foundation Raceday at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday (pictured)

The fire was seen burning in the background at Nelune Foundation Raceday at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday (pictured)

The fire is causing significant amounts of smoke over the area which can be seen from the city.

Those at Little Garie, Garie, North Era, South Era or Burning Palms have been urged to stay in place.

Fire crews confirmed dozens of people were in Royal National Park when the fire broke.

Walking tracks are being patrolled to ensure no one is trapped.  

Elsewhere, rural properties in the area of Alders and Crees Road in Bannaby may soon come under threat by a blaze burning through grass in the area, the NSW Rural Fire Service says.

The 90-hectare fire is at a watch act alert level with firefighters and an aircraft on the scene to try and slow the spread of the fire.

Firefighters supported by waterbombing aircraft and heavy plant are working to slow the spread of the fire.

Further south, firefighters from the ACT have been sent into NSW to protect houses threatened by another bushfire in the Southern Tablelands.

An out-of-control fire burning out of control Walumarra Fire Trail near Bundeena

An out-of-control fire burning out of control Walumarra Fire Trail near Bundeena

Visitors were urged to move to safety onto the beach away from the blazing fire 

Visitors were urged to move to safety onto the beach away from the blazing fire 

The park has been closed and authorities are urging people to avoid the area

The park has been closed and authorities are urging people to avoid the area

This map shows the size of the fire burning in the Royal National Park

This map shows the size of the fire burning in the Royal National Park

Three heavy tankers, backed up by smaller crews, were deployed to the 274 hectare Braidwood blaze on Saturday morning after it burned through the night.

‘Their objectives are to protect properties, attack and contain the main fire and contain spot fires,’ the ACT Emergency Services Agency said.

Meanwhile, firefighters continue to battle with a bushfire that’s burnt about 20,000 hectares in the Pilliga Forest between Coonabarabran and Narrabri.

The fire is at an advice level with no homes are under threat, but residents are being urged to monitor conditions.

A third blaze is threatening homes across central Victoria and is travelling north (pictured)

A third blaze is threatening homes across central Victoria and is travelling north (pictured)

An emergency warning has been issued for Campbelltown, Strathlea, Cotswold, Glengower, Moolort, Smeaton and Ullin

An emergency warning has been issued for Campbelltown, Strathlea, Cotswold, Glengower, Moolort, Smeaton and Ullin

More than 30 fire trucks and seven water bombers are battling the huge grassfire (pictured)

More than 30 fire trucks and seven water bombers are battling the huge grassfire (pictured)

The grassfire began in Smeaton before 3pm Saturday where 'dry growth' caused the fire to spread quickly

The grassfire began in Smeaton before 3pm Saturday where ‘dry growth’ caused the fire to spread quickly

Locals affected by blaze were told by firefighters it was now too late to leave their homes

Locals affected by blaze were told by firefighters it was now too late to leave their homes

Firefighters are currently conducting backburning operations in the area and the Newell Highway has been shut between Narrabri and Coonabarabran and is likely to remain closed on Saturday.

The huge blaze threatening homes across central Victoria is travelling north towards Campbelltown and Strathlea.

Cotswold, Glengower, Moolort, Smeaton and Ullina have been issued with emergency warnings as more than 30 fire trucks and seven water bombers battle the fire. 

The grassfire began in Smeaton before 3pm Saturday where ‘dry growth’ caused the fire to spread quickly, a CFA spokesman told Herald Sun.

The horrific blaze can be seen from Sydney - pictured is the view from Barangaroo 

The horrific blaze can be seen from Sydney – pictured is the view from Barangaroo 

Waterbombing aircraft being used to help slow large fire burning in Royal National Park

Waterbombing aircraft being used to help slow large fire burning in Royal National Park

Three heavy tankers, backed up by smaller crews, were deployed to the 274 hectare Braidwood blaze on Saturday morning after it burned through the night

Three heavy tankers, backed up by smaller crews, were deployed to the 274 hectare Braidwood blaze on Saturday morning after it burned through the night

The fire is at an advice level with no homes are under threat, but residents are being urged to monitor conditions

The fire is at an advice level with no homes are under threat, but residents are being urged to monitor conditions

Firefighters are currently conducting backburning operations in the area and the Newell Highway has been shut between Narrabri and Coonabarabran and is likely to remain closed on Saturday

Firefighters are currently conducting backburning operations in the area and the Newell Highway has been shut between Narrabri and Coonabarabran and is likely to remain closed on Saturday

Thick plumes of smoke can be seen from the beach where visitors flocked to safety

Thick plumes of smoke can be seen from the beach where visitors flocked to safety

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