New South Wales Is Burning

November 9, 2019

Unprecedented bushfires rage across New South Wales, Australia

A series of unprecedented bushfires are burning across New South Wales, southeastern Australia on Friday, November 8, 2019. Over 1 000 firefighters have been battling more than 90 blazes, 17 of which are emergency-level, and strong winds.

Heat up to 35 °C (95 °F) have exacerbated the fires, many of which are in drought-affected areas.

“We are in uncharted territory,” said Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. “We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level.”.

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Australia in ‘Unchartered Territory’ Amid Bushfire Crisis

A number of towns in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland were evacuated on Friday as bushfires raged across the region.

Emergency-level fire warnings were issued for 17 blazes in New South Wales and three fires at that same level in Queensland.

High winds fanned the flames, turning the sky red in some areas.

“Unfortunately we are in uncharted territory this afternoon. We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning alert level,” NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

“We’ve got 90 fires burning across New South Wales. 50 of them remain uncontained.”

So far, 2019 is one of Australia’s worst bushfire seasons, with a record number of emergency warnings.

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Bushfires in Australia kill three people, set record as ‘armageddon’ hits east coast

Three people, including 69-year-old grandmother Vivian Chaplain, have died in a bushfire in Australia as fires ravaged NSW’s North Coast on Saturday.

More than 30 people were injured and at least seven are unaccounted for elsewhere.

At least 150 homes were destroyed and a school at Glen Innes was severely damaged.

Chaplain was found unconscious with burns to 40 to 50 per cent of her body at the Kangawalla Fire near Glen Innes. She was taken to hospital where she died.

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NSW’s unprecedented bushfires a ‘sobering reminder’ of summer ahead

Conditions are expected to ease slightly on Sunday, but it’s unlikely to bring any relief to firefighters.

“We’ve got a long night ahead. The conditions tomorrow, though easing, will still be very tough for our crews,” a NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman said.

On Saturday night, there were more than 80 fires burning across the state, with two fires at emergency warning levels. Meanwhile, 16 fires were at watch and act levels.

The fires have claimed three lives, including 69-year-old grandmother Vivian Chaplain.

Ms Chaplain was found unconscious with burns to 40 to 50 per cent of her body at the Kangawalla Fire near Glen Innes in north-eastern NSW. She was taken to hospital where she died.

A relative told ABC News that she was trying to protect her home at Wytaliba, north-west of Coffs Harbour.

The body of a man believed to be in his 70s was also found at Glen Innes in a burn-out car on Saturday morning.

Another body was found in a burnt-out building in the township of Johns River, north of Taree, on Saturday afternoon.

More than 30 people were injured and at least seven are unaccounted for elsewhere.

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