29 Sep 2013

Lighthouse saved from Sydney bushfire

5:42 am on 29 September 2013

Firefighters have managed to save a Sydney lighthouse from one of many bushfires across the New South Wales.

A blaze broke out across the Barrenjoey Headland on Saturday and billowing black smoke was visible from the adjacent Palm Beach.

AAP reports visitors to the headland were advised to seek shelter near the lighthouse after access to a walking trail was cut off.

About 80 firefighters and three aircraft were brought in to battle the fire. The lighthouse was saved but a nearby lighthouse cottage sustained some roof damage.

The Rural Fire Service downgraded the fire to a watch and act warning after 4pm.

RFS spokesman Ben Shepherd said 60% of the headland around the lighthouse had been burnt.

AAP reports strong winds and hot temperatures kept firefighters busy with 60 fires on Saturday, including 20 uncontained, burning across NSW.