Bushfire burns through Ku-Ring-Gai National Park (2 updates)

Ryan McClelland/The Sydney Newsdesk

Ryan McClelland/The Sydney Newsdesk

WEST HEAD — The NSW Rural Fire Service is working to contain an out-of-control blaze in Sydney’s north tonight.

The fire started late on Friday afternoon and is currently burning through the Ku-Ring-Gai National Park at West Head. It is thought that the fire has burnt up to 200 hectares so far. Fire crews are currently working on establishing containment lines.

The fire has caused smoke to billow over Sydney’s Northern Beaches and surrounding areas.

Update 11:30am, 23/01/13: The Towlers Bay fire is thought to have burnt through over 460 hectares of bushland so far. The fire is still smouldering today. NSW Rural Fire Service had originally planned to undertake back burning in the park on Tuesday, though storm conditions in the area meant that it needed to be postponed. West Head Road still remains closed.

Update 12:05pm, 24/01/13: West Head Road has been reopened after being closed since last Friday due to the bushfire that was burning through the Ku-Ring-Gai National Park.