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.
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
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.
EMERGENCY WARNING: Rumba dump (Mid-Coast LGA)— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 12, 2019
Fire has breached containment lines and is currently impacting Upper Lansdowne. If you are in the area of Upper Lansdowne, Elands, Bobin, Marlee and areas NW of Wingham, seek shelter as the fire front arrives. #nswrfs #nswfires #alert pic.twitter.com/wDHJ48prCE
The Bureau of Meteorology in NSW has tweeted that the southerly change is approaching Sydney now (7:02pm local time).
#Southerly #change is approaching #Sydney now. Change is visible on the radar. Expecting the temperature to drop very quickly with strong and gusty southerly winds. See latest obs at https://t.co/ukADRlHmWu pic.twitter.com/XdyNTiUfpT— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) November 12, 2019
Here a map of the winds:
A #southerly change continues to work its way up the NSW coast, Wind gusts to 98km/h at Nerriga have been recorded and a Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds is current. Secure or put away loose items, move vehicles under cover. Latest weather info: https://t.co/3UIpcD6YTw pic.twitter.com/Yhh4zpGqFG— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) November 12, 2019
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, particularly on the north coast, combined with a dust storm, is visible across Sydney and Newcastle. Please don't call triple zero to report smoke. Save it for emergencies. It should start to clear later this evening with the southerly change. #nswrfs pic.twitter.com/LZUjFGQpCm— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 12, 2019
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.
Premier @GladysB receives an evening briefing on the bush fire situation across NSW. At 6:30pm there’s still 13 fires at Emergency Warning level, 7 at Watch and Act. Dangerous conditions for a few more hours. #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/fRbVRuu1B9— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 12, 2019
The Liberation Trail fire in Clarence Valley has breached containment lines and is threatening Yarracooma, Paddys Plain, Cradle Creek and Lowanna.
EMERGENCY WARNING: Liberation Trail (Clarence Valley LGA)— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 12, 2019
The fire has breached containment lines and is threatening Yarracooma, Paddys Plain, Cradle Creek and Lowanna. If you are in these areas, leave now towards Dorrigo before it is too late.#nswrfs #nswfires #alert pic.twitter.com/9hSwwboyAU
EMERGENCY WARNING: Liberation Trail (Clarence Valley LGA) – Firefighters are working in challenging conditions at the Liberation Trail fire west of Coffs Harbour. Picture by Wolter Peters, SMH #nswrfs #nswfire pic.twitter.com/moI6dsyFRt— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 12, 2019
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.
Canoon Road, South Turramurra (Ku-ring-gai LGA): A bush fire is burning in the area of Canoon Road, South Turramurra. The fire is spreading quickly. It is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches. #nswrfs #nswfire #alert pic.twitter.com/yfH4EDRxFn— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 12, 2019
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 statewide total fire ban is now in force and has been extended until midnight Wednesday 13 November. That means no fires out in the open anywhere in NSW. Very dangerous conditions are forecast for today. #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/K3mJXT5XxV— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) November 12, 2019
The fires are causing red skies, amazing sunsets and eerie daytime light conditions in New zealand.
5-day animation of smoke & dust from the #NSWfires: another plume is expected to move across New Zealand's North Island late Wednesday 💨— NIWA Weather (@NiwaWeather) November 11, 2019
It has also infiltrated New Caledonia and southern Vanuatu. pic.twitter.com/1STQfuh0Od
But there’re also warnings vulnerable people need to protect themselves.
Christchurch, red sky in the West, dust all the way from massive bushfires in Australia, 4,000 km (1,200 miles) away. pic.twitter.com/Trz0dauOdz— Jeffrey Holman (@Poppenz) November 9, 2019
After California, now Australia! The fire activity is sweeping silently across the world. Just like Hell!