In New South Wales (NSW) officials issued 11 emergency warnings. It covers several communities, as rampant bushfire across the state burned uncontrolled amid “catastrophic” conditions.
The bushfires raged across a vast area on Australia’s eastern coast. On Tuesday, Tens of thousands of Australians took shelter after authorities warned it was too late for them to leave their homes.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said in a statement, “Complacency kills – we cannot afford for people to be complacent.” Importantly, he was providing two-hourly updates on conditions throughout the day.
Moreover, he mentioned that the bushfire “will only worsen throughout the afternoon as the weather conditions continue to deteriorate,” This will result in strengthening of “strong winds.”
Bushfire is a common and deadly threat for Australians. The country is conditioned to experiences hot and dry summers. However, the ferocity and early arrival of it in the southern hemisphere spring caught many by surprise.
Due to extremely dry conditions after three years of drought in parts of NSW and Queensland resulted in blaze. Importantly, this has been exacerbated by climate change says the experts.
The current outbreak of bushfire has killed three people and destroyed more than 150 homes over the weekend. The catastrophic conditions have been fanned by an unprecedented combination of high temperatures and strong winds.
As fire approaching, people of Wauchope, 400 kilometres (249 miles) north of Sydney, have moved hundreds of livestock to the showground, located near the centre of town.
President of the Wauchope Show Society Neil Coombes mentions in a statement, “we have at least 350 horses, maybe more.” Furthermore, “they are still coming, we have cattle and sheep and chooks and dogs and pigs, you name it.”
In order to avoid further deaths, fire-fighters, both NSW and Queensland states, were given broad power to control government resources, force evacuations, close roads and shut down utilities.