Strengthening winds and surge in temperatures will elevate the risk of new fires and make containing ongoing blazes more difficult in #Australia from Friday into Saturday:
Australia bush fires emergency
Asked coastal states to leave NSW & Victoria
New South Wales declares week-long state of emergency
Australian state of New South Wales, a week-long state of emergency has been declared in response to the escalating bush fire threat.
High temperatures and strong winds are forecast for the weekend, leading to widespread extreme fire danger in the eastern Australian state.
Since September, last year, bushfires have killed 18 people and destroyed more than 1,200 homes across New South Wales and Victoria. At least 17 people remain missing after fires this week alone.
Thousands of people are already fleeing New South Wales with supplies running low in some cut-off towns. It’s been called the largest relocation out of the region ever.