Sydney fires: New South Wales is grappling with an unprecedented natural disaster, with huge areas surrounding the nations largest city under fire threat.
It feels like Sydney is now surrounded by bush fires and it almost is.
(Update: The Sydney fires have turned deadly, with two NSWRFS volunteers killed in SW Sydney overnight)
Maps released by the Rural Fire Service show huge areas west, north and south of Sydney are expected to come under a wall of bushfires.
There is A Fire Weather Warning issued for Friday, there are Severe Fire DangerS on the Central Ranges and Very High Fire Danger for the
Souther Ranges, Northern Slopes, North Western and Southern Slopes.
Basically Sydney is surrounded by fires as thousands of volunteer fire fighters work to saves lives and homes.
Some 40 homes were lost on Thursday adding to a tally of 800 homes lost this fire season alone.
The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian says residents need to follow the advice of authorities over the next week, with extra diversions and road closures coming amid holiday travel.
The last state of emergency, which also ran for seven days in mid-November amid “catastrophic” fire risk, was the first implemented since 2013.
There are over 100 fires burning in NSW with at least 10 not under control or threatening human settlements.
Three fire fighters suffered burns after a blaze overwhelmed their fire engine.
“Those injuries are reported to three people in particular – two males with face and airway burns and some other burns to different parts of the body such as arms, elbow, upper chest and a leg,” Fire Commissioner Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney.
Fire Weather Warning
for the North Coast, Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney Region, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Far South Coast, Monaro Alpine, Southern Ranges, Central Ranges, Northern Slopes, North Western, Southern Slopes, Eastern Riverina and Southern Riverina fire areas
Issued at 3:49 pm EDT on Thursday 19 December 2019.
Hot to very hot, dry and windy conditions are bringing elevated fire dangers across large parts of the state’s eastern and southern districts today and on Friday.
For the rest of Thursday 19 December:
Extreme Fire Danger in the following fire areas:
Greater Sydney Region, Illawarra/Shoalhaven and Southern Ranges
Severe Fire Danger in the following fire areas:
North Coast, Greater Hunter, Far South Coast, Monaro Alpine, Central Ranges and Southern Slopes
Very High Fire Danger in the following fire areas:
Eastern Riverina and Southern Riverina
For Friday 20 December:
Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following fire area:
Very High Fire Danger is forecast for the following fire areas:
Southern Ranges, Northern Slopes, North Western and Southern Slopes
The NSW Rural Fire Service advises you to:
- Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
- Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
- Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.
The Rural Fire Service advises that if you are in an area of Severe Fire Danger:
- If you plan to leave finalise your options and leave early on the day
- Only stay if your home is well prepared and you can actively defend it
- Prepare for the emotional, mental and physical impact of defending your property – if in doubt, leave.
For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
Ryan is Contributing Editor