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Big Brother house EVACUATED after a hazard reduction fire broke containment lines in Sydney

Chaos at the Big Brother house as host Sonia Kruger, cast and crew are all EVACUATED after a hazard reduction fire broke containment lines in Sydney

  • The Big Brother house at North Head, on Sydney’s northern beaches, was evacuated on Saturday afternoon  
  • A hazard reduction operation was being conducted when the fire jumped containment lines at about 2pm  
  • Big Brother has not yet begun filming for the 2021 season but it’s crew were onsite as the fire burned nearby

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The Big Brother house has been evacuated after scheduled hazard reduction burns jumped containment lines on Sydney’s North Head. 

Emergency crews rushed to the house in the national park near Manly, on the northern beaches, at about 2pm on Saturday. 

National Parks and Wildlife Service were conducting a hazard reduction operation when the fire spread past control lines and began burning in a south-westerly direction due to north-easterly winds.

The Big Brother house has been evacuated after scheduled hazard reduction burns jumped containment lines on Sydney’s North Head

Video footage showed smoke fill the sky as the inferno ripped through the bush. A helicopter was used to deploy water in an attempt to slow the burn

Video footage showed smoke fill the sky as the inferno ripped through the bush. A helicopter was used to deploy water in an attempt to slow the burn

NSW Police said in a statement that officers had assisted in evacuating commercial premises and residential properties around North Head

NSW Police said in a statement that officers had assisted in evacuating commercial premises and residential properties around North Head

A woman dressed in black sits in the back of a buggie after the Big Brother house was evacuated on Sydney's northern beaches

A woman dressed in black sits in the back of a buggie after the Big Brother house was evacuated on Sydney’s northern beaches

People are seen scattered near a road after they were evacuated due to the blaze on Saturday afternoon

People are seen scattered near a road after they were evacuated due to the blaze on Saturday afternoon

NSW Police said in a statement that officers had assisted in evacuating commercial premises and residential properties around North Head.

‘Anyone living in the area is advised to remain in their homes and shut windows until alerted to do otherwise,’ NSW Police said.

‘It is advised to avoid the area, with many roads and tracks closed to motorists and pedestrians.’

Big Brother had not yet begun filming for the 2021 season but it’s understood crew and housemates were in the house when the blaze ripped through nearby. 

An Endemol Shine Australia spokesperson confirmed the house had been evacuated. 

‘Due to the impact of a prescribed hazard reduction burn at North Head, the Big Brother crew onsite were safely evacuated,’ the spokesperson said. 

Pictured: A helicopter flies above Sydney's North Head after the fire spread past control lines on Saturday afternoon

Pictured: A helicopter flies above Sydney’s North Head after the fire spread past control lines on Saturday afternoon

Two people are seen rolling suitcases after commerical and residental properties were evacuated on Saturday

Two people are seen rolling suitcases after commerical and residental properties were evacuated on Saturday

Big Brother had not yet begun filming for the 2021 season but it's understood crew and housemates were in the house when the blaze ripped through nearby. Pictured: Evacuees on Sydney's North Head on Saturday

Big Brother had not yet begun filming for the 2021 season but it’s understood crew and housemates were in the house when the blaze ripped through nearby. Pictured: Evacuees on Sydney’s North Head on Saturday

A man holds his hands to his head after he was evacuated due to the fire on Sydney's northern beaches on Saturday

A man holds his hands to his head after he was evacuated due to the fire on Sydney’s northern beaches on Saturday

‘Filming is yet to commence and production will resume when it is safe to do so.’

Pictures from the scene showed dozens of people standing in groups near a road. 

Some were rolling suitcases, while others wore lanyards and black T-shirts.

Video footage showed smoke fill the sky as the inferno ripped through the bush. A helicopter was used to deploy water in an attempt to slow the burn. 

NSW Rural Fire Service were called to assist with the 10-hectare fire on Saturday.

Smoke rises as the inferno ripped through the North Head in Sydney on Saturday afternoon

Smoke rises as the inferno ripped through the North Head in Sydney on Saturday afternoon

Emergency crews rushed to the house in the national park near Manly, on the northern beaches, at about 2pm on Saturday. Pictured: A police van arrives

Emergency crews rushed to the house in the national park near Manly, on the northern beaches, at about 2pm on Saturday. Pictured: A police van arrives

NSW Rural Fire Service were called to assist with the 10-hectare fire on Saturday. Pictured: A firetruck on the scene

NSW Rural Fire Service were called to assist with the 10-hectare fire on Saturday. Pictured: A firetruck on the scene

They said the fire was under control and no homes were under threat, but upgraded the blaze to ‘watch and act’ level just after 4pm.

An updated just before 6pm read: ‘Firefighters are holding the fire at North Head along a number of trails & roads in the area.’

‘There remains no threat to homes however parts of the National Park remain closed to visitors. 

‘Rain is forecast this evening which will further assist firefighters.’

Some evacuees were dressed in black T-shirts, with lanyards around their necks

Some evacuees were dressed in black T-shirts, with lanyards around their necks

An updated just before 6pm read: 'Firefighters are holding the fire at North Head along a number of trails & roads in the area.'

An updated just before 6pm read: ‘Firefighters are holding the fire at North Head along a number of trails & roads in the area.’

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