RFS says Gospers Mountain blaze, which has merged with neighbouring fires, will take many weeks to put out
This was the situation early this morning in NSW: 94 fires, 11 at Watch and Alert...
At 5:30, there are 94 bush and grass fires burning across NSW. 11 fires remain at Watch and Act alert level where there has been an ongoing threat to properties overnight. Severe fire danger forecast for New England and Northern Slopes.
Due to a revised forecast, a Total Fire Ban will be in force from 8:00am for the Illawarra/Shoalhaven in addition to 7 other areas. A Total Fire Ban means no fires in the open. Know the rules prevent new fires from starting.
My colleague Lisa Cox has written this most excellent, timely and sobering piece: climate experts bewildered by government “burying their heads in the sand” and say the bushfires on Australia’s east coast should be a “wake-up call”. If you read nothing else today (save for this blog, obviously), read this.
Behind all of those out there on the firefront, there is an army of support.
It’s been a hectic couple of days helping family and friends through this tough time. So pumped to see the generosity and community spirit shining through! Turning Point Camden and Pizza Spot in Camden South, you guys are ANGELS!! (Links in comments)
This vision, broadcast on ABC, demonstrates what volunteer fire crews have been up again, and will face again today.
Unbelievable courage and selflessness. Humbling. Thank you, thank you. Still waiting for any sort of leadership state or national level.
Good morning, welcome to Guardian Australia’s rolling coverage of the bushfire crisis. Australia is on fire, and the country’s east coast, in particular NSW and southern Queensland, faces a brutal day of hot weather, strong winds and no rain in sight. This morning, the NSW Rural Fire Service has warned the Gospers Mountain ‘mega fire’ north of Sydney will burn for many weeks. The fire has already burned more than 300,000 hectares and has a front more than 60 kilometres. Around 1000 homes have been damaged or destroyed by fire this season.
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