Bushfire Threatens Tweed Region

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) December 07, 2009 -- Properties are already under threat from a bushfire, ahead of hot and windy conditions across NSW which could spark and fuel numerous blazes, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) says.

A fire in the Tweed region in northern NSW burning since Saturday jumped Cudgen Lake on Monday afternoon, moving closer to private property.

"There are some properties in and around that area, rural properties, you could say that are properties under threat," RFS spokesman Ben Shephard told AAP.

"What's happened this afternoon under some quite strong northerly winds, it has jumped Cudgen Lake.

"It's burning around a number of roads and rural properties in that area."

The news comes as the RFS declares total fire bans for 12 regions across the state on Tuesday, including greater Sydney.

"We've got some quite dangerous fire weather moving through the state," Mr Shephard said.

"We are looking at temperatures around and upwards of 40 degrees in the west, with some westerly winds and gusts up to 50km/h.

"That's all ahead of a south, southeasterly change which is expected to bring some thunderstorms, but there doesn't appear to be much rainfall with that ... and we could possibly have more fires tomorrow afternoon."

The lower central west and plains, and the upper central west plains are areas of "catastrophic fire danger" on Tuesday, the RFS says.

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