Australia Fire Catastrophe Puts More Lives at Risk – Sydney Faces Catastrophic Fire Danger for First Time

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New South Wales and Queensland are facing “catastrophic” conditions as bushfires rage across Australia.

The fires have already claimed three lives and destroyed more than 150 homes.

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NSW and Queensland bushfires: Sydney to face catastrophic fire danger for first time. Picture by Wolter Peters, SMH via Twitter

Residents of Sydney’s North Shore have been told it’s too late to leave and they should seek shelter as the fire approaches.

An estimated 31,500 North Shore properties are under threat from the bushfires.

What You Need To Know

  • Three people have died and over 150 homes have been destroyed
  • A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales
  • The NSW Rural Fire Service has issued 14 emergency warnings for bushfires
  • Areas around Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle face “catastrophic” fire conditions
  • New Zealand firefighters have been sent to help contain the fires
  • Gusty southerly winds are expected to spread the fires further 

Updates

The RFS has issued a Watch and Act for a fire burning in the area of Farnell Avenue, Loftus in the Royal National Park. The fire is spreading quickly. A Watch and Act has also been isued for Gulf Road as firefighters battle the blaze.

The Bureau of Meteorology in NSW has tweeted that the southerly change is approaching Sydney now (7:02pm local time).

Here a map of the winds:

The Myall Creek Road fire in Richmond Valley has crossed the Pacific Highway at New Italy and is spreading quickly, the RFS tweeted. It is too late for residents in Bungawalbin, New Italy and The Gap Road to leave and have urged them to seek shelter.

Smoke from fire activity combined with a dust storm is visible across Sydney and Newcastle. At 6:30pm there were still 13 fires at Emergency Warning level, seven at Watch and Act. The RFS say “dangerous conditions” are expected for a few more hours.

The Liberation Trail fire in Clarence Valley has breached containment lines and is threatening Yarracooma, Paddys Plain, Cradle Creek and Lowanna.

Fire retardant has been dropped on houses in the North Shore suburb of South Turramurra as an emergency-warned fire burns close by.

Fire has arrived on Sydney’s North Shore.

Air quality levels in south-western Sydney have reached near hazardous levels due to the smoke from the bushfires. Experts warn it could have damaging health effects.

The statewide total fire ban across NSW has been extended until midnight on Wednesday.

The fires are causing red skies, amazing sunsets and eerie daytime light conditions in New zealand.

But there’re also warnings vulnerable people need to protect themselves.

After California, now Australia! The fire activity is sweeping silently across the world. Just like Hell!

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