Saturday, 17 November, 2018

NSW fires burn amid drought conditions

Australia bushfire Australia bushfire Source
Sandy Mccarthy | 17 August, 2018, 10:40

The NSW Rural Fire Service has completed the first stage of property assessments following the fire, which has burnt through more than 3,300 hectares and is still out of control.

There is a total fire ban in place for Sydney, Illawarra and the Hunter Valley.

Under these conditions, fires can be hard to control.

She says if the fire comes her way she'll stay and seek shelter in the pool.

More than 500 firefighters are struggling to contain dozens of unseasonable blazes burning from Victoria to Queensland, with conditions set to worsen in the coming days.

Several watch-and-act messages were issued for fires in the Blue Mountains, Richmond valley, Clarence valley, Bega valley, Mount Kingiman and North Nowra on Wednesday.

A spokesman for Bega Valley Shire Council said the fire at Bemboka was mainly burning through national park, and fire crews were hampered by the hard, rough and dry terrain.

Strong winds and dry conditions are now making flames spread in Ulladulla and Bega Valley in New South Wales (NWS), Australia.

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RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd said the fire is now under watch and act, and property owners near the area need to follow the advice of firefighters and enact their bushfire survival plan.

"We do get fires in August, but the big difference is 100 per cent of the state is drought declared", he said.

A resident hoses down a shed destroyed by the fire at Bomaderry.

"I have lived here for 45 years. but I haven't seen anything like this", she said.

Earlier this week, the Bureau of Meteorology warned of higher fire risks by Wednesday as rising temperatures and expected strengthening winds combined with the very dry conditions across the state.

The NSW Rural Fire Service on Wednesday issued an emergency warning first for a fire near Ulladulla and another further north, in North Nowra, with some residents being told it is "too late to leave".

RFS Building Impact Assessment Teams confirmed one house was damaged in a separate bushfire at North Nowra, where one outbuilding was destroyed and another was damaged. Unless we get substantial rainfall, we are really concerned for the summer'.

Fire crews have been on high alert, after the entire state of New South Wales was last week declared as either "in drought" or "drought affected", bringing dry conditions.

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