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Australia Bushfires have already destroyed 724 homes and burnt out 2.7 million hectares - and summer's only just started

05:10  11 december  2019
05:10  11 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

NSW bushfires continue wrath across state, with more homes at risk, smoke danger

  NSW bushfires continue wrath across state, with more homes at risk, smoke danger Fierce bushfires continue to encroach on homes in NSW, as thick smoke blankets Sydney again for the fourth day in a row. © ABC News The fire at Wisemans Ferry is burning very close to properties. At least one home has been engulfed by the Three Mile fire in the Wisemans Ferry area on Sydney's northern outskirts, with other buildings under immediate threat. Firefighters are battling the Three Mile blaze on the north side of the Hawkesbury which continues to intensify.Smoke from the blaze, which is burning across more than 5,800 hectares is billowing across the city.

The fires have already killed at least four people, destroyed more than 680 homes and burnt 2 . 7 million hectares (6. 7 million acres) this season. Read more: Australia' s koalas threatened by deforestation and bushfires . To the northwest of Sydney, several fires burning for weeks have

Since October, bushfires have killed six people and destroyed more than 700 homes across More than 1.6 million hectares of land in NSW have been burnt already . Fires have also raged across It also warned that Australia' s coming summer was predicted to bring similar conditions to last year' s

NSW bushfires.© SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images NSW bushfires. 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.

Firefighters hard at work.© SAEED KHAN/AFP Firefighters hard at work. Firefighters have also expressed concerns about the impact the southerly change could have on Wednesday on fire grounds surrounding Sydney.

Cullacabardee fire downgraded after threatening homes in Perth Aboriginal community

  Cullacabardee fire downgraded after threatening homes in Perth Aboriginal community Authorities downgrade a warning for a bushfire that came close to homes in the small Aboriginal community of Cullacabardee in Perth's north-east.An emergency warning was declared this evening after a fire began in scrubland near the community, about 22 kilometres north-east of Perth's CBD.

Wildfires have killed at least four people, destroyed more than 680 homes and burned more than 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares ) of bushland across eastern Australia since the start of Australia’ s worst bushfires on record destroyed thousands of homes in Victoria state in February

NSW bushfires : doctors sound alarm over 'disastrous' impact of smoke on air pollution. Six people have died, almost 700 homes have been destroyed and at least 2 . 7 m hectares have burned . “The troops, if they’re worn out , you get to a stage where it just overwhelms everyone, so that’ s a worry.

Temperatures soared in NSW on Tuesday, with hazardous bushfire smoke pollution blanketing much of the state.

There were almost 90 fires burning across NSW, with 40 uncontained.

The Bureau of Meteorology says although conditions have eased, the smoke will continue to linger on Wednesday and the next few days.

Tourists wearing face masks in Sydney.© PETER PARKS / AFP Tourists wearing face masks in Sydney. 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.

'We are expecting (the smoke) to continue over the next few days ... with fires to the southwest and north of Sydney, we need easterly winds to help ease the smoke,' a BOM forecaster told AAP.

Three homes, five other buildings lost in southern Queensland bushfire

  Three homes, five other buildings lost in southern Queensland bushfire A total of 47 bushfires burned across the state on Friday morning and 35 waterbombers were on standby.A total of 47 bushfires was burning across the state on Friday morning and 35 water-bombing aircraft were on standby to support firefighters, but there were no urgent evacuation warnings in place.

2 . 7 million hectares burnt . #nswfires. Detectives from the Lake Illawarra Police District and the State Crime Command’ s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad investigated the incident, and as part of their investigation they searched a home in Dapto and seized methylamphetamine.

The fire across almost 300,000 hectares (1,150 sq miles) is an hour' s drive from the nation' s Since October, bushfires have killed six people and destroyed more than 700 homes across Australia. It also warned that Australia' s coming summer was predicted to bring similar conditions to last year' s

a person standing next to a forest: Six lives have been lost in NSW so far this bushfire season while more than 680 homes have been destroyed© Provided by Daily Mail Six lives have been lost in NSW so far this bushfire season while more than 680 homes have been destroyed

Total fire bans are in place on Wednesday for northwestern NSW, the northern slopes and the central ranges.

Fire danger is severe in the northwestern region and 'very high' in the north of the state as well as the upper central west plains, the central ranges, the southern ranges, the southern slopes and the ACT.

On Tuesday evening, an emergency alert was issued for the 67,000-hectare Little L Complex fire near Wollombi in the Hunter region.

Residents living in the Glenroy Estate area were told to seek shelter from the fire as it was too late to leave, however, the blaze has since been downgraded.

An emergency warning had also been issued for the Three Mile blaze in the Hawkesbury region but it was downgraded before 4 pm.

a man lying on a beach: Air quality was on Wednesday morning deemed 'hazardous' across Sydney's east, southwest and northwest, despite improved visibility© Provided by Daily Mail Air quality was on Wednesday morning deemed 'hazardous' across Sydney's east, southwest and northwest, despite improved visibility 'The fires just around Sydney alone - there is kilometres and kilometres of back-burning to do to try to lock the fires in,' Mr Rogers told ABC TV.

'We've got a lot of people that are very determined to get these fires under control as quickly as we possibly can.'

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday encouraged Australians to heed expert advice on bushfire warnings and air pollution.

'I can reassure everyone the nationally-coordinated effort and the specific state efforts leading the response in each of their jurisdictions has been incredibly professionally deployed,' Mr Morrison told reporters.

Some 2700 firefighters were in the field on Tuesday, supported by aircraft.

NSW bushfires burn an area greater than Wales, the result of an exceptional spring .
Bushfires this season have officially burnt the most land on modern record across eastern NSW, as new data reveals spring brought Australia's worst ever bushfire danger weather.In a special climate statement released on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology said spring 2019 saw Australia's highest fire weather danger on record.

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