Australia fires: New blazes forecast as temperatures rise

17 Novembre, 2019, 00:21 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Hot and dry weather conditions could make fires burning in NSW worse

Australian firefighters struggled to control blazes across the nation's parched east coast ahead of a forecast of renewed strong winds and higher temperatures that are likely to fan the flames.

"We're doing what we can for our fellow Aussies while still maintaining resources on the home front, which have been much needed in the past few days", the Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services said on social media.

AT LEAST four people are now confirmed dead as firefighters continue to battle wildfires roaring across the state of New South Wales in Australia.

At least 50 homes were damaged or destroyed in New South Wales on Tuesday by wildfires that had burnt into the suburbs of Sydney, Australia's largest city. Back burns are fires deliberately lit to clear dry undergrowth.

Evacuation centers continued to house hundreds of people displaced by the fires, many of whom would return to find their homes razed to the ground.

"More than 1,300 firefighters have worked overnight on the 59 bush or grass fires now burning across NSW at 6:00 a.m. local time, with 35 not yet contained", a NSW RFS spokesperson said on social media.

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Most national parks on the mid-north coast of the state, including in the northern Blue Mountains, will remain closed until further notice as fire danger remains very high to severe, the state Office of Environment and Heritage said.

An Air-crane water bombing helicopter drops water on a bushfire in Harrington, Australia, November 8, 2019. The blaze, allegedly lit on Thursday, is still burning out of control on the Northern Tablelands.

Bushfires are common in Australia's hot, dry summers, but the ferocity and early arrival of the fires in the southern spring this year has caught many by surprise and stoked an increasingly acrimonious political debate about climate change.

In Queensland, there were several major fires on Saturday still of concern and gusty winds were expected on Sunday, worsening conditions after 16 homes were destroyed in the past week.

"Most of the state will experience high and very high conditions this weekend", Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said on Twitter.

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