World Australian firefighters worry about wildfires approaching Sydney

07:15  06 december  2019
07:15  06 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Wildfires . Australasia. Australia . Firefighters staged an unprecedented protest outside Australian Parliament today calling for more resources and action on climate Residents were being evacuated from their homes as bushfires ravaged the outskirts of Sydney as Australia 's bushfire crisis continues.

Firefighters faced another tough day of windy and dry conditions on Wednesday with total fire bans in place for the greater Hunter, the northern slopes and north-western regions of the state. The NSW Rural Fire Service on Wednesday said the “heavy smoke” would be noticeable in Sydney for several days.

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Firefighters battled to contain nearly 150 fires burning in New South Wales state on Friday as strong winds fanned the flames and again shrouded Sydney, Australia's biggest city, in hazardous smoke.

Bushfires have killed at least four people and destroyed more than 680 homes since the start of November. Fires are still burning in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland states.

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The fire that is getting closer to Sydney has already killed at least three people, burned more than 200 buildings and there are a hundred injured. On Tuesday, firefighters announced that there were 85 active fires , most of them out of control.#AustraliaWildfire.

By Lincoln Feast SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian firefighters worked desperately on Tuesday to contain massive wildfires burning in mountains west of Sydney , but with forecasts of high winds and dangerously hot weather, authorities fear more houses and lives will be lost.

While nearly 150 blazes were alight across Australia's east coast, New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said authorities were particularly concerned about eight fires now at emergency levels around Sydney, the state capital where about 5 million people live.

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"They have the potential or are expected to spread further east, which unfortunately is getting into more populated areas, villages, communities, isolated rural areas, and other farming practices and businesses throughout the region," Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney.

Several fires to the northwest of the city had joined together to create one massive blaze, spreading with hot, dry winds, he said.

Bushfires are common in Australia, but this year's fire season has begun much earlier than usual, with temperatures soaring regularly above 40 degrees C (104°F) before the start of the southern summer and high winds scouring the drought-parched landscape.

Australia’s worst bushfires on record destroyed thousands of homes in Victoria in February 2009, killing 173 people and injuring 414 more.

(Reporting by Colin Packham. Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

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SYDNEY (AP) — Passengers on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth on Sunday used slides to evacuate the Airbus A330 after it was forced to return as the cabin filled with smoke. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, a Qantas plane maneuvers behind another parked at a gate at Sydney Airport in Sydney. Passengers on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Perth on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, used slides to evacuate the Airbus A330 after it was forced to return a (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File) Qantas said flight 575 returned to Sydney shortly after takeoff due to a hydraulic issue.

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