Residents are now being urged to pack up their things and evacuate by tonight, as homes are not built to withstand the conditions that are to come by Tuesday.
The extremely rare (and dangerous) fire warnings came on Sunday afternoon by separate fire officials, the Rural Fire Service and the Bureau of Meteorology, as fires burned on the north-east and mid-north coast of NSW.
The first warning came from the Rural Fire Service after fires at Bills Crossing, north of Taree, blasted its way through almost 12,000 hectares. The service has warned people in the Johns River area to find shelter elsewhere.
The second warning came after an out-of-control fire in the Mt Nardi national park could not be contained.
Anthony Clark from the RFS has warned the coming conditions will be "as bad as it gets".
"There's a lot of hard work ahead of us, but the simple message is we're not going to get on top of those fires before these really bad conditions hit on Tuesday," Mr. Clark said.
WHAT REGIONS ARE FORECAST AS 'CATASTROPHIC'?
The Rural Fire Service has issued the warning to the greater Sydney region, including the Blue Mountains and the central coast, the Illawarra/Shoalhaven region, the north coast, the central ranges, the northern slopes, the north-western regions, the far north coast, New England, the far south coast, the southern ranges, and the lower central west plains.
STEPS TO EVACUATE
People who are warned to evacuate in the above regions are urged to start thinking of their survival plans, like heading to larger towns away from bushland.
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