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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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engulfs Sydney AGAIN as nearly 2 , 000 firefighters work throughout the night to battle a Sydney has been engulfed by thick smoke as bushfires ravage the east coast, prompting health A fast- moving grass fire near Jarretts Road is travelling northwest, and is expected to impact the area

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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.

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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

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Media captionFootage showed thick smoke blocking out the sun. Rural areas of Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the state, threatening homes and closing roads. More than 2 , 000 firefighters , many of them volunteers, were battling the fires.

Smoke across the Sydney basin was so thick at one point on Tuesday it was deemed 11 times poorer than typically 'hazardous' levels. Air quality was on Wednesday morning deemed 'hazardous' across Sydney 's east, southwest and northwest, despite improved visibility.

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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Firefighters then push the new blaze back toward the main fire, burning up all the fuel that lies between the fire and the control line. During a large or fast- moving fire, explosives are employed mainly for efficiency purposes, as they can save precious time when firefighters need to contain a fire quickly.

In late May and early June 1942, during World War II, submarines belonging to the Imperial Japanese Navy made a series of attacks on the cities of Sydney and Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia.

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.


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Authorities said Tuesday's air quality in the city was among the worst recorded with smoke being so bad it was 11 times poorer than typical hazardous levels. There were 83 fires burning across NSW at 5pm on Tuesday with 40 of them declared uncontrolled and 12 at watch and act level. Authorities have warned that heatwave conditions, combined with 'grotty' smoke pollution, could affect vulnerable people in the coming days - but air quality was expected to be 'fair' on Wednesday.

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