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Australia Thick hazy smoke engulfs Sydney AGAIN as nearly 2,000 firefighters work throughout the night to battle a rapidly-moving bushfire

23:17  02 december  2019
23:17  02 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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  Fears lightning may spark more NSW fires Severe thunderstorms hitting parts of NSW have firefighters on edge, as they fear lightning strikes may spark more bushfires, with 80 blazes still burning."Not exactly what we wanted to see," the NSW Rural Fire Service tweeted after the state was hit by a number of storms on Monday evening.

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a view of a city: Sydney has been engulfed by thick smoke as bushfires ravage the east coast, prompting health warnings for residents© Provided by Daily Mail Sydney has been engulfed by thick smoke as bushfires ravage the east coast, prompting health warnings for residents Sydney has been engulfed by thick smoke as bushfires ravage the east coast, prompting health warnings for residents.

Air quality reached hazardous levels in parts of southwestern Sydney on Monday evening and was recorded as poor in parts of the city's east.

The state government said air quality on Tuesday will be poor 'due to particles' from the smoke.

The haze is lingering after a temperature inversion - where warm air lies still above cooler air - formed on Monday night, meaning it cannot disperse.

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'Smoke levels are expected to be similar if not worse than experienced over recent mornings,' the NSWRFS said in a statement.

The heavy smoke blanketing the city is being blown from large bushfires in the Blue Mountains and near Warragamba Dam.

Residents told to leave by morning as bushfire looms over Batemans Bay

  Residents told to leave by morning as bushfire looms over Batemans Bay Long Beach residents, on the north side of Batemans Bay, have been told to get out by 9am on Thursday and plan to be gone for up to a week.At a meeting with the local Rural Fire Service brigade on Wednesday morning, Long Beach residents were urged to make the decision to either leave or stay in the coming hours – and if they are going, to be out before 9 am on Thursday and "plan to be gone for a week".

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Sydney has been regularly plagued by hazardous air quality levels as bushfires have raged in recent weeks.

There were 132 bush and grass fires burning across NSW on Tuesday morning with several uncontained. As many as 1,800 firefighters worked overnight to contain the blazes.

There are no total fire bans in place for Tuesday but there is a 'very high' fire danger stretching along the NSW coast and in the northern parts of the state.

a group of people standing on top of a mountain: Haze in the trees: Tourists look at the smoke next to the Seven Sisters in the Blue Mountains on Monday as bushfires raged© Provided by Daily Mail Haze in the trees: Tourists look at the smoke next to the Seven Sisters in the Blue Mountains on Monday as bushfires raged a group of people standing in front of a mountain: Smoke is seen as a fire continues to burn in Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Sydney, Monday, December 2, 2019© Provided by Daily Mail Smoke is seen as a fire continues to burn in Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Sydney, Monday, December 2, 2019

The out-of-control Currowan fire north of Batemans Bay was burning across more than 16,000 hectares on Monday night, with gusty winds pushing it towards coastal communities.

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The smoke thickened and it dawned on Payne that something had gone terribly wrong. They left not knowing whether their house would make it through the afternoon and spent the night at Bega showgrounds along with hundreds of other Tathra residents. On Monday firefighters were still battling to control the 1, 000 -hectare fire. It started on Saturday and moved rapidly towards Tathra

Firefighters worked throughout Monday night to protect properties from the fast-moving blaze.

A fire burning in the Blue Mountains near Katoomba was downgraded from a watch and act alert level to an advice alert on Monday night.

Firefighters had previously warned residents the 600-hectare fire was spreading towards 'built-up areas'.

NSW Police have expressed concerns about the number of people deliberately lighting fires.

Two million hectares of NSW land have been burnt since July in more than 7,000 fires, with authorities dubbing it the 'most challenging bushfire season ever'.

Six people have died while 673 homes have been destroyed to date.

Last night in Queensland, residents in Woodgate, south of Bundaberg have been told to leave as a nearby bushfire worsens.

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A fast-moving grass fire near Jarretts Road is travelling northwest, and is expected to impact the area between Heidkes Road to the end of Jarretts Road, bordered by the Gregory River.

Firefighters say the blaze could have a significant impact on the community.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have contained a blaze burning at Ravensbourne, north of Toowoomba.

Emergency services earlier issued a prepare to leave warning for residents living near the fire.

'It is now safe for residents to return to the area, however, part of Ravensbourne Tip Road will remain closed overnight,' QFES said on Monday night.

'People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

'Properties are not under direct threat at this time.'

Dry and windy conditions have seen the fire danger rating classed as severe in parts of southern Queensland, as more than 50 fires burn across the state.

a large bridge over a body of water with Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background: Commuter ferries sail past the Sydney Harbour Bridge as smoke haze from bushfires in New South Wales blankets the CBD in Sydney on Monday© Provided by Daily Mail Commuter ferries sail past the Sydney Harbour Bridge as smoke haze from bushfires in New South Wales blankets the CBD in Sydney on Monday

Brisbane meteorologist David Crock said the weather on Monday is a repeat of the conditions experienced four or five times since the start of the fire season in September.

'That combination of hot, dry and windy weather is the worst fire weather that we see, so the fire agencies and firefighters are certainly up against it today,' Mr Crock said.

The severe fire danger warning is in place on Monday for the South East Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett region, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Capricornia and Central Highlands and Coalfields.

High temperatures are expected in far north Queensland early this week before pushing south, bringing maximums of around 40C in areas like the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim by the end of the week.

The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast could experience temperatures of 35C, while in Brisbane it could reach 37C on Friday.

Mr Crock said fire dangers were expected to remain very high, possibly reaching severe again in some parts of southern Queensland for the rest of the week.

There is little sign of rain with the climate outlook suggesting drier than average conditions in December and probably into January as well, Mr Crock said.


Bushfires have already destroyed 724 homes and burnt out 2.7 million hectares - and summer's only just started .
The fire danger remains elevated across large chunks of NSW despite a southerly wind change that brought temperatures down as it swept up the coast. The Rural Fire Service, meanwhile, has confirmed more than 720 homes have been destroyed over the fire season.'Unfortunately, the number of homes destroyed in this fire season continues to rise - now 724 homes confirmed lost (and) 2.7 million hectares burnt,' RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said on Twitter on Wednesday.© SAEED KHAN/AFP Firefighters hard at work.

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