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Australia Severe NSW fire danger in the week ahead

21:30  17 november  2019
21:30  17 november  2019 Source:

At least two homes destroyed by bushfire in northern NSW

  At least two homes destroyed by bushfire in northern NSW Two homes have reportedly been destroyed and a resident is being treated for burns from a bushfire near Walcha in northern New South Wales. Extreme and severe fire danger have been forecast for parts of the state with total fire bans in place for five regions. A brief cool change will drop fire weather warnings this weekend but authorities have urged another spike in conditions is forecast early next week.Meanwhile, scorching temperatures and an increased fire danger has been creating challenging conditions for firefighters in Queensland.

NSW firefighters are bracing for another week of severe fire conditions.

Temperatures into the 40s combined with strong, dry winds would likely prompt widespread severe danger across the state in the days ahead, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said on Sunday.

"We are expecting to see a worsening of conditions, particularly as we start heading into Tuesday and then continuing through Wednesday and Thursday again," he told reporters.

Fire danger for NSW back up to severe

  Fire danger for NSW back up to severe A forecast of hot, dry weather has seen the Rural Fire Service issue a severe fire danger rating for five areas of NSW.Fire danger in some parts of NSW has risen to severe as hot, dry, windy conditions put an end to a brief reprieve for bushfire-hit areas of the state.

NSW bushfire © AAP NSW bushfire

More than 1500 firefighters were battling blazes from the outskirts of Sydney right up to the Queensland border on Sunday.

"They're doing their best to try and secure as much as they can ahead of those worsening conditions," Mr Fitzsimmons said.

On Sunday evening, five fires in NSW were classed as "watch and act" with 35 of 62 fires burning yet to be contained.

The forecast for the week ahead follows revelations the devastation on the NSW mid north coast has been worse than expected, says Emergency Services Minister David Elliott.

"It's quite clear from the field of operations that we've inspected today that the devastation is probably beyond what anybody expected," Mr Elliott told reporters on a visit to affected areas around Kempsey and Port Macquarie on Sunday.

Fire danger ratings on Monday will be high in the Greater Sydney Region as well as the Illawarra and Greater Hunter, northern slopes, north western, central ranges, southern ranges and New England regions.

Sydney blanketed in dense bushfire smoke amid 'severe' fire danger .
A thick blanket of smoke has choked Sydney on Tuesday morning as high temperatures and dry winds prompt total fire bans in regions facing severe fire danger. Air quality has plummeted to "hazardous" levels in Sydney's north-west, with fine particles in some suburbs rising from 200 to more than 300 on the air quality index – where "good" air quality is rated below 66.In parts of the city's east and south-west, particle pollution is causing "poor" to "very poor" air quality.In areas where particle pollution is "very poor", people with heart or lung disease are advised to reduce exercising outdoors.

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