Firefighters battle to fight blazes in New South Wales

Houses destroyed and residents told to evacuate as emergency-level bush fires burn throughout NSW’s north coast.

Long term drought means much of the southeast is on bushfires alert [EPA]
Long term drought means much of the southeast is on bushfires alert [EPA]

Firefighters on Sunday were working to bring bushfires on the mid-north coast of the Australian state of New South Wales under control.

Dozens of uncontrolled fires are burning across the state. Houses have been destroyed and residents were told to evacuate as emergency-level bushfires burn throughout the north coast.

The largest fire in the Chaelundi State Forest has already burned more than 111,690 hectares (276,000 acres) and has a perimeter of more than 935 kilometres (581 miles).

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service reported more than 100 properties have been destroyed so far before the start of the summer.

Local media reported at least one house was destroyed in Darawank, 295 km (183 miles) north of Sydney, as firefighters battled to protect homes and property in the small town.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting the warm, dry and windy conditions will result in elevated fire dangers for northeast inland parts of the state. They state has warned of “very high fire danger” for the areas of New England and Northern Slopes.

With the continuing high temperatures, and no rain forecast for the week ahead, the fire danger will remain at dangerous levels across the state.

Source : News Agencies

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