A storm cell bringing high winds and lightning headed for the Blue Mountains, just added to the danger for firefighters battling out-of-control blazes in the area yesterday.

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the storm was expected to probably only bring up to two millimetres of rain, but also lightning and strong winds, increasing the fire danger. Winds of up to 70km/h had been detected.

He said the storm translated to “very difficult, very dangerous fire behaviour and firefighting conditions”.

Firefighters in the field, particularly in the more rugged country, were warned to be ready for the storm and would be “extracted” from the area if needed.

With about 24 hours before the worst of the forecast fire danger conditions developed in NSW, fire crews have seized the opportunity to take a more aggressive approach to back burning.

Yesterday they linked two of the Blue Mountains fires before they joined in more dangerous circumstance.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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