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Australia Alarming map shows the extent of devastating bushfires surrounding Sydney that have now burnt through 2.7 million hectares of land

01:23  12 december  2019
01:23  12 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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extent of devastating bushfires surrounding Sydney that have now burnt through 2 . 7 million The map shows 2 . 7 million hectares of land has been burned in NSW fires There are currently 87 blazes still burning , according to the RFS Commissioner Sydney residents need to brace themselves for 'unprecedented losses' as the bushfires on the

The devastating fires that have blighted New South Wales have now burnt through 2 . 7 million hectares of land . That’s an area more than twice the size of Sydney or approaching half the size of Tasmania decimated by blazes. NSW Rural Fire Service map shows massive extent of bushfires .

a close up of a map: A map has shown 2.7 million hectares of land have been burned in NSW fires© Provided by Daily Mail A map has shown 2.7 million hectares of land have been burned in NSW fires

A horrifying map has shown the amount of land which has been scorched by New South Wales devastating bushfires.

The fires have been raging since September and have burned through 2.7 million hectares of land.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the grey zones on the map shows the areas which have been burnt.

'Of this, the current 87 fires, incorporate 2.1 million hectares and a perimeter of 11,095 kms,' Commissioner Fitzsimmons wrote on Facebook.

'My admiration and sincere appreciation again to all involved, supporting and affected by this extraordinary season.'

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Fires have burnt through nearly 3 million hectares of land across NSW and Queensland this season. Thousands of people have rallied in Sydney to protest against inaction on the climate crisis, after months of bushfires and hazardous smoke in New South Wales and Queensland.

2 . 7 million hectares burnt ,' RFS deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said on Twitter on Wednesday. Firefighters have also expressed concerns about the impact the southerly change could Six lives have been lost in NSW so far this bushfire season while more than 680 homes have been destroyed.

Several of the blazes currently burning joined up to create a 'mega-fire' stretching 60 kilometres and has contributed to the smoke gripping Sydney.

However, the horror season is set to get worse, according to experts.

Sydney residents need to brace themselves for 'unprecedented losses' as the bushfires on the city's doorstep breach its suburbs later this summer, an ex-fire chief warned.

Greg Mullins, who was Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner from 2003 to 2017, said  Sydney would likely experience greater damage than in 1994 when hundreds of suburban homes were lost.

'The worst is to come because it's going to get hotter and drier and there's no significant rain in the outlooks,' Mr Mullins told AAP.

'We've got massive fires that are too big to put out without rain. They are going to get bigger and they are going to come into Sydney suburbs, the South Coast, the Central Coast.'

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The extent of the bushfire risk is illustrated through Bureau of Meteorology data of the cumulative forest fire danger index across winter. The map shows the overwhelming majority of the country, with a few exceptions in Victoria, central Queensland and western Tasmania, experienced between

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a group of fireworks in the sky: A blaze at Newnes Plateau, New South Wales earlier this month© Provided by Daily Mail A blaze at Newnes Plateau, New South Wales earlier this month

Six lives have been lost in NSW so far this bushfire season while more than 680 homes have been destroyed.

Mr Mullins said that was three times the previous record number of homes lost, with destruction this year so far confined to regional areas.

'Formerly all of our big losses have been places like the Blue Mountains, Sutherland, Warringah and Lane Cove,' he warned.

'The fires haven't even reached Sydney suburbs yet. People need to brace themselves.

a person with smoke coming out of it: Werombi, south west of Sydney, has experienced fires that have seen a loss of homes© Provided by Daily Mail Werombi, south west of Sydney, has experienced fires that have seen a loss of homes

'They are going to see unprecedented losses, unprecedented fire, health issues with smoke, heatwaves and the science is in - this is all underpinned by a warming climate.'

Some 225 homes and other buildings were destroyed in the summer of 1993-94, when four people were killed. The most significant losses were in the Sydney region.

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Smoke from Australia’s fierce bushfires settled over Sydney in still conditions The fires have killed at least four people, destroyed more than 680 homes and burned more than Sydney ’s ferries, which started the day using foghorns as they cautiously moved through the thick

Smoke alarms rang out across Australia's biggest city Tuesday with thick haze from bushfires burning along the "But we currently lack the operational tools to understand the extent of these impacts or to manage them." Three million hectares (7.4 million acres) of land has been burnt -- the size of

More than two million hectares of land has been burned to date this season and there are more than 80 fires currently raging including a so-called megafire northwest of Sydney.

There were almost 3000 firefighters on the ground across NSW on Tuesday supported by water-bombing aircraft.

a group of people standing around a fire: Greg Mullins, who was Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner from 2003 to 2017, says Sydney will likely experience devastation greater than 1994, when hundreds of suburban homes were lost© Provided by Daily Mail Greg Mullins, who was Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner from 2003 to 2017, says Sydney will likely experience devastation greater than 1994, when hundreds of suburban homes were lost

Mr Mullins is worried about how volunteers will cope when the weather heats up even more in January and February.

'Everyone is getting pretty worn out and, in my experience, that's where all the bad stuff happens,' he said.

'The sheer scale of these fires - we haven't had this before. We haven't had these losses, we haven't had them at this time of year, they haven't been this big. We're really up against it.'

Mr Mullins took aim at Prime Minister Scott Morrison for failing to co-ordinate with current fire chiefs and not spending more on fire-fighting aircraft.

Canberra has 'dropped the ball entirely on emissions reductions', the Climate Council member said.

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