New South Wales declared a state of emergency for the second time in two months as Australia bushfires continue. Firefighters battle nearly 100 active fires in the record-breaking heatwave.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian, head of the local government, declared a state of emergency Thursday, December 19. Authorities warn of severe weather conditions expected to get even worse.
Furthermore, the fire has been burning for two months now and the temperatures are rising. Wednesday, December 18 broke the record for the hottest day nationwide. The average maximum temperature hits 42.9 degrees Celsius (107.4 Fahrenheit).
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Berejiklian said in a news release Thursday.
These declarations are not taken lightly.
It will ensure once again that our state is best placed to respond to the predicted fire conditions.
The state of emergency will last for seven days. This is the second time this fire season. The first one declared on November 11.
Firefighting conditions were especially difficult on Thursday, with strong winds and high heat. As of Thursday morning, there were 97 bushfires, 50 are not contained and 1,700 firefighters battling the flames.
In addition, one particularly large fire is burning in the Wollemi National Park Area, northwest of Sydney. It’s more than 417,000 hectares in size and “is out of control,” the Rural Fire Service said.
On the other hand, a total of six people died and nearly 800 homes destroyed by the fires this season. Moreover, we don’t know for sure when will this end but we know that the authorities are doing everything they could.