Australia Is Battling Some of the Most Dangerous Wildfires It’s Ever Seen

Aircraft fight Sydney blaze as Australians reel from bushfires

Fires raged across a swathe of Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, destroying some homes and shrouding Sydney in smoke from a blaze authorities fear they will be unable to control until next week. An aircraft was diverted to drop fire retardants on bushfires threatening homes in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Television footage showed some of the substance overshot the blaze, coloring houses and vehicles pink and red.

Officials were responding to 11 emergency warnings in New South Wales (NSW) by evening as around half the 70 fires across the state burned uncontrolled in conditions termed “catastrophic”.

“The task to bring these fires properly under control, to consolidate them, to get around them and mop them up is enormous,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney…


Australia Is Battling Some of the Most Dangerous Wildfires It’s Ever Seen

Firefighters look for spot fires in Old Bar, 350km north of Sydney on November 11, 2019. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)

The fires raging across Australia are spreading so far that officials aren’t sure they have enough fire trucks.”If you call for help, you may not get it,” the New South Wales police said in a statement.

As of Monday, around 100 hundred fires were burning across more than 2 million acres in Queensland and New South Wales. In an attempt to scrounge up more resources, both states declared emergencies Sunday. The flames have already killed at least three people and level 150 structures, and officials only expect the situation to get worse. They warned the fires would reach “catastrophic” levels, the highest danger rating, in the greater Sydney area by Tuesday. That’s never happened since rating was introduced in 2009…

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