Two fires in Sydney's west threaten homes and schools

TWO major fires were threatening homes and schools in western Sydney on Tuesday, with hundreds of firefighters responding to the emergency late in the day.

The fires, at Castlereagh and Hawkesbury in Sydney's far west, were raging out of control on Tuesday afternoon across more than 63ha of bushland.

Latest reports on Tuesday afternoon were that more than 500 firefighters had been rushed into the area to help save homes in the area.

It is understood residents were notified via text messages to mobile phones in the early afternoon to leave the area immediately .

The fires marked an early start to the state's bushfire season, which does not usually start until October.


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