Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Deadly NSW bushfires see state of emergency declared

Deadly NSW bushfires see state of emergency declared

"Under these conditions, these fires will spread quickly and threaten homes and lives", New South Wales Rural Fire Service said in a statement.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed a second fatality as she addressed reporters in Sydney.

The inferno is now raging in the town of Glen Innes in New South Wales, roughly 340 miles north of Sydney.

In Queensland, where a state of emergency has been declared, more than 1,200 firefighters were battling over 50 active fires on Sunday.

There are reports of people trapped in their homes in several places, with crew unable to reach them due to the strength of the fires.

Both Fitzsimmons and Berejiklian say there's a high degree of unpredictably during a catastrophic fire event, meaning everyone must be on alert and people may not receive much warning before fire strikes their area.

But across an area spanning nearly 1,000 kilometres, schools were burnt, at least 150 homes were destroyed, while the authorities were forced to evacuate detention centres and old people's homes.

Thousands of residents in Queensland have been evacuated and authorities warned severe fire danger was expected on Wednesday, with little reprieve this year.

Immediate financial support will be made available to those hit by devastating bushfires in northern NSW, the federal government has announced.

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Now 14km long and 6km wide, it was bearing down on Adelaide Park at 10am on Sunday with residents told it was too late to leave. Some homes were completely burned to the ground in the small rural town, and in one just a fireplace could be seen among the smouldering rubble. Hundreds of the animals were feared to have died.

Vivian Chaplain, 69, one of the three killed as more than 81 blazes continued to scar the area Saturday afternoon, spoke to her daughter-in-law as flames surrounded her home, according to Sky News. But the storms were not almost enough to end the long-running drought.

Conditions on Tuesday in the greater Hunter region north of Sydney were also rated as catastrophic, the highest level of bushfire danger, while extreme or severe conditions were predicted for other parts of the state.

Fire assessment teams would comb through devastated areas over the coming days, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

"There is a long way to go and Tuesday is looking more hard", Morrison said in a televised press conference. In some cases authorities have drilled bores to keep up with demand.

"It is a sobering reminder of what's around the corner", he said.

This is what climate change looks like.

The Australian wildfire season started early this year after an unusually warm and dry winter.

Temperatures are expected to rise above 30 degrees tomorrow, with winds of up to 50kmh causing risky conditions. "It used to be God's country, but it ain't any more", said another neighbour, 72-year-old Dave Scott. Share your experiences by emailing haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.

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