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A commission into Australia's bushfires seems 'inevitable': Professor

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Dale Dominey-Howes of University of Sydney says the Australian emergency service experts called for a national dialogue on how to prepare for the summer, but the federal government had put off the conversation. He says Prime Minister Scott Morrison "should fall" and the country should see a change in leadership.

Sydney, Australia, faces smog rated 11 times typical 'hazardous' level

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Sydney, Australia, is cloaked in a smog rated eleven times worse than the typical 'hazardous' level. Smoke from nearby wildfires is choking the city in a thick haze, forcing some evacuations and cancellations. Firefighters are trying to contain dozens of wildfires in Australia ahead of a coming heatwave. The Bureau of Meteorology warned that much of New South Wales would 'swelter' through a heatwave this week.

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www.theguardian.com: Australia fires live: homes feared lost in NSW bushfires as six firefighters reported injured – as it happened

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Six volunteer firefighters reportedly taken to hospital with ‘serious injuries’ in truck rollover, names of three US firefighters killed in C-130 crash released, and Sydney covered in thick smoke haze


Sorry to share more bad news with you, but my colleague Adam Morton has filed this incredibly depressing story, which begins:
The superb lyrebird, famous for its ability to mimic almost any sound, may have plunged from being a common to a threatened species after its three varieties lost between a third and more than half of their known habitat in the .

Beautiful Kosciszcuko National Park burnt black.
Numerous threatened native species struggling for survival - now sharing remaining habitat with 25,000 feral horses.
Berejiklian Barilaro gov must urgently act to save species from extinction.
This is an ecological emergency.


Representatives from the company Coulson and next of kin of the victims are travelling to Australia, Hood says.
They are “not looking for blame or prosecution”, he says. He is being asked about the sequence of events when the plane went down, but says it is too early to say.


Hood says it is understood there were several witnesses to the accident.
“We will also be making an assessment about the various components we need to take to technical facilities,” he says.


Hood says authorities are still working to retrieve the bodies from the wreckage.
“At the moment, the NSW police force and the disaster victims identification team are working in the aircraft wreckage to remove those deceased in the accident, and then there will be a formal process for the site to be handed over to the ATSB,” he says.


Paul Condon, of NSW police, says police attended the scene yesterday to make the area safe. They are preparing a report for the coroner.


The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and NSW police are addressing the media about yesterday’s tragic crash.
Greg Hood, of the ATSB, says the air tanker departed the RAAF base at Richmond about midday.

Thank you to these brave Americans who died keeping Australians safe. Our love and condolences are with their families and with families of all those killed in these terrible fires. The courageous service of the firefighters is a shining inspiration of love and selflessness.


From the Associated Press.
The Cincinnati Zoo is using the third birthday of its beloved hippo, born premature, as a way to raise money for Australian wildlife affected by the recent bushfires.
Instead of sending birthday gifts for Fiona, the Ohio zoo is asking people to buy T-shirts that will directly benefit the Bushfire Emergency Wildlife Fund. The shirt features a koala and kangaroo giving Fiona a hug and says Supporting Our Friends Down Under.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Cincinnati's 1,200-pound toddler turns 3!
Fiona the hippo celebrated her birthday on Thursday afternoon, munching on a specially made birthday cake at the .

Heatwave building in Western Australia and forecast models all suggest it will spread across the South East and eastern mainland and parts of Tasmania from mid next week. Parts of NSW will stay hot leading into it.


Here is a statement from the office of Gavin Newsom, the governor of California.

We are heartbroken to learn of the air tanker crash in Australia that claimed the lives of 3 heroic American firefighters.
We extend our sincere condolences to the friends and families of the crew, and our own family who worked and trained with the crew of Tanker 134.


The federal government services minister, Stuart Robert, says the government has now paid out $68m under the Australian government disaster recovery payment and disaster recovery allowance.
Robert said 57,000 claims had been processed since September and more than $10.9m in additional payments had been paid to eligible families affected by the bushfires.


AAP filed this interesting story from Tasmania.
The newly appointed Tasmanian premier, Peter Gutwein, will become the state’s first Liberal minister for climate change.
Gutwein, who this week ascended to the top job after Will Hodgman resigned, announced on Friday he would create and take on the portfolio.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park in Pandana has been running at an incredibly high tempo with support from veterinary staff, volunteers & personnel helping out providing veterinary care, assisting with feeding & establishing native habitat and shelters


Schools have been given resources to support students, teachers and families who may be “experiencing distress” as a result of fires burning in their local area.
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience and Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health are to teachers ahead of the beginning of the new school year next week.

Thank you to the 41 firefighters from across the US who have arrived today to assist in managing Victoria’s ongoing and significant fire threat. Following briefing and training sessions, they will join local crews fighting fires in East Gippsland.


Agriculture Victoria’s count of the number of animals killed in the Victorian fires has reached 6,422, the . Most of the losses were in the north-east, mainly in the upper Murray, where 5,440 animals – including 3,292 beef cattle and 1,735 sheep – were killed.


This is Luke Henriques-Gomes, taking over from Calla Walhquist. Thanks for all your work, Calla.

Smoke from the Australian bushfires is making its way around the , interacting with global weather & distributing aerosols—UV-absorbing particles in the air—along the way.
Aerosols by color:
orange: dust
blue: sea salt
pink: nitrates
red: carbonaceous


What seems like the entire population of the south coast town of Cobargo showed up to farewell Robert and Patrick Salway, the father and son who died protecting their property from fire on New Year’s Eve.
The Cobargo cemetery was covered in a fresh layer of smoke after fires again loomed on the edge of this already devastated town yesterday, and the funeral was delayed to allow people stuck at road blocks time to arrive.


Coulson Aviation has released a statement about the three US aerial firefighters killed in the Snowy Mountains crash.
Captain Ian McBeth, 45, from Great Falls in Montana, was a “highly qualified and respected C-130 pilot with many years fighting fire, both in the military and with Coulson Aviation”, the company said in a statement.


The three US firefighters who died in the crash of their C-130 waterbombing aircraft in the Snowy Mountains yesterday have been identified as Captain Ian McBeth, First Officer Paul Hudson and Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr.

These are the three brave crew members killed when their Coulson Aviation C130 crashed fighting fires in Australia: Captain Ian H. McBeth, First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson and Flight Engineer Rick A. DeMorgan Jr. May they rest in peace


International support for the Australian bushfires is not limited to firefighters. Soldiers from Fiji are in East Gippsland and preparing to help the Australian Defence Force support bushfire-affected communities around Orbost.

Very privileged to witness this traditional ceremony before our Fijian soldiers head out to the fireground around Orbost. Thank you for supporting Victoria and our communities. Take care


More firefighters from the United States landed in Melbourne this morning. They will be deployed to East Gippsland.
Emergency Management Victoria deputy commissioner Chris Stephenson spoke to reporters at the airport. He said it was “extremely difficult” for those firefighters to learn as they got off the plane of the death of three of their colleagues.
We have briefed the crews that have come in and Victoria passes on its condolences to the families who have had such a tragic loss.
We have had a number of deaths in Victoria this year but New South Wales has had absolute tragedy. Our teams work with these crews.
The aircrews work all around the world but they also work in Victoria, New South Wales, all across the country. We know these people and it is tough for our people. Their resilience is amazing. They get on, care about the community and they just want to do a fantastic job.

After some training these firefighters from the US will hit the fireground in Gippsland.
Firefighting is an international business, as you’re aware, and it is a small community. It definitely impacts every one of us regardless of what country you were born in or where they fight fire or where they live.
Every one of us feels the sadness from yesterday. I wanted to share our condolences and hopefully those families will find solace in the fact we are all here behind them and continuing the work.

Good to be out in the field and thank all our people who are working hard to keep the community safe. It’s been great to hear about where everyone has come from and how they are supporting the effort. Thank you for answering the call. Take care


The Victorian government is trying to encourage tourists to return to fire-affected areas in East Gippsland and the alpine region with a new campaign through Visit Victoria.
The most practical thing that ordinary Victorians can do right now to help these regions is to travel there and spend money there.
It will not only create amazing memories for families and kids, it will also provide vital support to our bushfire-affected communities as they recover and rebuild.


Unions NSW has again reminded workers in NSW that it is illegal to be forced to work when the air quality is at hazardous levels.
Here’s the statement from Unions NSW secretary, Mark Morey:
When the air quality is hazardous it is not safe to work outdoors for extended periods. You have a right to stop work if it is unsafe. It is illegal for your employer to force you to work in hazardous air.
The air quality crisis has been ongoing since mid-November. This means workers, particularly those who work outside, have had ongoing exposure, which could have an impact on their health.
New regulations informed by the advice of occupational health and safety authorities, lung health experts, business, and union representatives are needed urgently.


Photographer Mike Bowers was at the Potato Point fire on the NSW south coast yesterday. He spotted this fire truck from the Horsley Park volunteer RFS brigade, painted in memory of their


The fire that flared near Canberra airport yesterday and threatened homes near the Molongo River is currently burning at an advice level.
The 379ha fire is behind containment lines, but smoke from the fire — particularly from a recycling centre on Underwood Street, Beard, which caught alight yesterday and began emitting dangerous smoke — remains a hazard.


All C-130 firefighting aircraft in Australia have been grounded until further notice, the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services (Afac) and national aerial fire fighting centre (Nfac) have said.
The planes were grounded following the crash of the Lockheed C-130Q Hercules air tanker in the Snowy Mountains yesterday afternoon. The cause of that crash is not yet known.
They can be anywhere in New South Wales within an hour and seamlessly integrate into local firefighting operations given the progression and advancement of aviation management in support of crews on the ground.
It is a capability that we have become very accustomed to over recent years and it has provided valuable support to firefighters on the ground but also the people, the families, the communities that we are all trying to save and protect.
Such a tragedy highlights the challenging conditions for all aerial firefighting pilots and our respect and gratitude rests with all pilots who are flying supporting ground operations across Australia


Australian and US firefighters working on the East Gippsland fires held a minute’s silence for the three aerial firefighters killed yesterday.

The deaths of three US firefighters is being felt deeply, hundreds of kilometres away in East Gippsland.
Local emergency services and members of the US Forest Service gathered for a minute's silence in Orbost this morning.


Moving away from the bushfires briefly to the west coast of Tasmania, where police have said this morning that it is “highly unlikely” that a worker trapped in a collapse at Henty Gold Mine has survived.
Tasmania police issued this statement this morning:
Overnight the search utilised an additional drone with more sensitive three-dimensional laser technology as part of the operation to locate the missing mine worker.
The amount of earth and rock and the situation that presents tells us that it is highly unlikely he could have survived.


The funeral of father and son Robert and Patrick Salway, who died trying to protect their farm in the south coast town of Cobargo, is being held today but because of damage from yesterday’s fires a lot of mourners can’t get through.
I’m at a road block on the Princes Highway bear Tuross Head – about 70km north of Cobargo – where there’s a long queue of mourners who are desperately trying to find out when the road will reopen. Family members are being let through.


Extreme fire conditions are forecast for the Gascoyne Coast in Western Australia today. That’s a thin strip of land starting just north Kalbarri and running up to the Exmouth Gulf.
The central coast, around Geraldton, has severe fire danger, and the fire danger of the surrounding area is very high.

Severe storms, particularly on the Central Coast and parts of Sydney, have cut power to around 8,000 customers this morning
The Weather Bureau is warning of more dangerous storm activity
Stay at least 8m away from fallen lines.
In case of power emergency call Ausgrid: 131388


The air quality in Sydney and parts of New South Wales is hazardous today.

Good rain for Melbourne has also brought down the red mud evidence of northern

My car this morning! Dust, smoke and rain Everyday there is something.
Thankfully, this is only minor. I know of a few people who need new cars after the in earlier this week

A photo my brother took as his plane prepared to land in Sydney today. Check out the smoke

Mother Nature is developing a serious smoker’s cough. This is my view of harbour today. If doesn’t give up his coal addiction & cut emissions - this cough will be terminal.


RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons addressed a US firefighting contingent in Sydney a few minutes ago. This particular group is about to head home.
Fitzsimmons said they had his “heartfelt appreciation”. The group were originally destined for Queensland but redirected to NSW when the fire threat up north eased.
Looking at the faces around the room, I know that in my various travels to different incident management teams in different locations with the minister, with [fire and rescue NSW commissioner Paul Baxter], and with the premier, I’ve seen a number of you in the IMTs, and you’ve been wonderfully integrated, seamlessly integrated into operations, and have made a discernible difference in the firefighting effort that we have been enduring this year.


NSW Police issued a statement this morning on the fatal air tanker crash in the Snowy Mountains. Police are working with investigators from the Air Transport Safety Bureau.
The names of the three men killed, all experienced US aerial firefighters in their 40s, who worked for US aerial firefighting company Coulson Aviation, have not yet been released.
About 1.15pm (Thursday 23 January 2020), emergency services were called to Peak View, about 50km north-east of Cooma, after contact was lost with an aircraft conducting fire-control operations in the area.
A short time later the wreckage of a Large Air Tanker aircraft was located on private property on Peak View Road.


Some more details on that tanker rollover in the Southern Tablelands. The ABC reports that the water tanker rolled near the Clyde Mountain fire at Eurobodalla near Batemans Bay.
The ABC said the six volunteer firefighters were taken to hospital with “serious injuries”.


The ABC is reporting that six firefighters were taken to hospital last night after their firetruck rolled while they were working on the Clyde Mountain bushfire in the NSW Southern Tablelands yesterday.

. said 6 firefighters have been taken to hospital after their tanker rolled whilst assisting with the bushfire yesterday. "It's tough conditions and our volunteers are going beyond the norm to try to protect community."

Crews from the US and Canada, who are wrapping up their deployment to the , have held a minutes silence as a mark of respect for the three American crew members killed in yesterday’s Large Air Tanker crash. We thank these crews for their support.


The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Sydney, parts of the Hunter, and parts of the Central Tablelands, which could experience “large, possibly giant hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging winds”.

⚡⚡ A very Dangerous Thunderstorm is moving towards parts of the & . Severe Warning for GIANT HAILSTONES, HEAVY RAINFALL & DAMAGING WINDS. For latest warnings visit:


Let’s take a look at the national bushfire picture this morning.
There are currently no fires burning at emergency warning or watch and act level in New South Wales. As of midnight, there were 73 bush and grass fires burning around the state, 30 of which were not yet contained.

Fire danger ratings have eased today, with widespread low-moderate and high fire danger following a southerly change that brought light rain and cooler conditions to fire grounds across the south coast. This change has also seen smoke haze return to Sydney and surrounds.


The New South Wales rural fire service is still assessing the full extent of the damage from the bushfires that flared along the south coast and the Snowy Mountains yesterday, destroying houses in Moruya and surrounding communities and leading to the deaths of three US firefighters.
They were highly experienced professional, dedicated, specially-trained operators that were dedicated to the profession of aerial firefighting and, in particular, large air tanker aerial firefighting, which as we’ve seen here in New South Wales and in Australia in recent years, has provided us with a capability and capacity that we historically have not had access to, nor the benefit of when it comes to trying to save and protect lives and people here in New South Wales and Australia.
Three remarkable men, coming down here to Australia once again this season, helping us to save and protect people but tragically this year, they won’t be going home to the United States.

Statement by Ambassador Culvahouse:

A-League: Le Fondre on target as leaders Sydney win again

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Adam le Fondre pulled clear at the top of the A-League scoring charts with his 14th goal of the season in a dominant 3-0 Sydney FC win at Melbourne Victory. Le Fondre, previously tied with Jamie Maclaren on 13, applied a close-range finish shortly before the half-hour mark to open the scoring and tee up ...]

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www.theguardian.com: Bushfires, ash rain, dust storms and flash floods: two weeks in apocalyptic Australia

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As the country lurches painfully from one extreme weather to another, residents are fearful of what they will face next
In Australia this summer, talking about the weather inevitably leads to talking about the apocalypse.
“When’s the plague of locusts going to arrive?” jokes one Sydney resident after hearing reports that her city is to receive another storm of giant hailstones on Friday afternoon, just a day after it sweltered in temperatures of 40C and toxic smoke kept people stuck indoors, away from the respite of the beach.

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www.theguardian.com: Australia fires live: homes feared lost in NSW bushfires as six firefighters reported injured – latest updates

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Six volunteer firefighters reportedly taken to hospital with ‘serious injuries’ in truck rollover, NSW premier offers condolences for three US firefighters kills in C-130 crash and as Sydney covered in thick smoke haze. Follow all the latest updates


Some more details on that tanker rollover in the Southern Tablelands. The ABC reports that the water tanker rolled near the Clyde Mountain fire at Eurobodalla near Batemans Bay.
The ABC said the six volunteer firefighters were taken to hospital with “serious injuries”.


The ABC is reporting that six firefighters were taken to hospital last night after their firetruck rolled while they were working on the Clyde Mountain bushfire in the NSW Southern Tablelands yesterday.

. said 6 firefighters have been taken to hospital after their tanker rolled whilst assisting with the bushfire yesterday. "It's tough conditions and our volunteers are going beyond the norm to try to protect community."

Crews from the US and Canada, who are wrapping up their deployment to the , have held a minutes silence as a mark of respect for the three American crew members killed in yesterday’s Large Air Tanker crash. We thank these crews for their support.


The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Sydney, parts of the Hunter, and parts of the Central Tablelands, which could experience “large, possibly giant hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging winds”.

⚡⚡ A very Dangerous Thunderstorm is moving towards parts of the & . Severe Warning for GIANT HAILSTONES, HEAVY RAINFALL & DAMAGING WINDS. For latest warnings visit:


Let’s take a look at the national bushfire picture this morning.
There are currently no fires burning at emergency warning or watch and act level in New South Wales. As of midnight, there were 73 bush and grass fires burning around the state, 30 of which were not yet contained.

Fire danger ratings have eased today, with widespread low-moderate and high fire danger following a southerly change that brought light rain and cooler conditions to fire grounds across the south coast. This change has also seen smoke haze return to Sydney and surrounds.


The New South Wales rural fire service is still assessing the full extent of the damage from the bushfires that flared along the south coast and the Snowy Mountains yesterday, destroying houses in Moruya and surrounding communities and leading to the deaths of three US firefighters.
They were highly experienced professional, dedicated, specially-trained operators that were dedicated to the profession of aerial firefighting and, in particular, large air tanker aerial firefighting, which as we’ve seen here in New South Wales and in Australia in recent years, has provided us with a capability and capacity that we historically have not had access to, nor the benefit of when it comes to trying to save and protect lives and people here in New South Wales and Australia.
Three remarkable men, coming down here to Australia once again this season, helping us to save and protect people but tragically this year, they won’t be going home to the United States.

Statement by Ambassador Culvahouse:

3 U.S. firefighters die in air tanker crash in Australia

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The U.S. firefighters are dead after their air tanker plane crashed in New South Wales. The three had traveled to Australia to help fight the country's devastating bushfires. Kimberly Pratt from CBS partner Network 10 reports from Sydney, Australia.

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www.theguardian.com: Australia fires live: three people dead in NSW air tanker crash as bushfires close Canberra airport - latest updates

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ACT residents near bushfire south of Canberra told to seek shelter as contact lost with large water-bombing plane fighting New South Wales bushfire. Follow latest news and live updates


Before we leave you for the night, let’s briefly recap the day’s events:

Crews fighting blazes near where the C130 went down found this little koala on the road. They say it lost it’s mum.


In slightly happier news:
The RSPCA says it has set up a special hotline for people with domestic animals affected by the bushfires, and is working on a suite of support services.

At 6.15pm there are 70 fires burning, 44 are not contained. Three are at Emergency Warning. More than 1,700 firefighters are at work. Hot conditions will continue tonight for many areas. A slow moving southerly change will reach Moruya at 8pm & Sydney at 11pm.

INFORMATION UPDATE - ESA WEBSITE RESTORED


This is Luke Henriques-Gomes taking over from Amy Corderoy. Thanks to Amy for all her work.


Here is a statement from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

ATSB sending investigators to the scene. Preliminary report due in 30 days.

Out of respect for the three US firefighters who lost their lives operating a Large Air Tanker, flags will fly at half mast in NSW tomorrow.


The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning of damaging winds gusting up to 90kmh for more or less everywhere along the NSW coast from the Hunter all the way to the Victorian border.

A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds is current for parts of eastern NSW including the ACT. Winds averaging 60-70km/h gusting to 90km/h possible. Areas affected and full warning here: NSW SES safety info:


Canberra’s airport has reopened, but only Qantas is operating, with a limited service, AAP reports. Virgin and Singapore Airlines have cancelled flights for the rest of the day. But the ACT chief minister, Andrew Barr, has urged people to avoid the airport, so it’s unclear how many people will actually be flying. “If you have a flight booked it’s best to stay where you are and to contact your airline for updates on your flight schedule,” Barr said.


Most of the attention has been on NSW today, but there are also dangerous fires still burning in Victoria. The Buldah fire near the border is now at Watch & Act.

WATCH & ACT issued for Buldah.
**This Watch and Act replaces the Emergency Warning issued at 4pm 23 January 2020.**
The bushfire at Buldah that is not yet under control.
The situation can change at any time. Monitor conditions closely.


The South Coast Register is reporting that a grass fire has approached to within 200m of Moruya hospital. That’s on the south bank of the Moruya River - the RFS site is showing the fire has crossed the river.

Grass fire 200 metres from Moruya Hospital Moruya Hospital has activated its emergency plan as firefighters control a grass fire about 200 metres from the facility. Surgeon Michael Holland said fire crews were at the ... via 24liveblog

UPDATE: Canberra Airport flight status update for the remainder of the day, 23.01.20 : Cancelled : Cancelled: Cancelled: Limited Services – please contact airline directly for up to date information


Government buildings in Canberra are being told to turn down the air-con to help ease the load on the grid in NSW and the ACT.
Public servants were told that “extreme weather conditions” necessitated the power-saving measures be put in place until 7pm tonight. This includes:


Good news out of Canberra. The Beard fire has been downgraded from emergency alert to watch and act status. Residents in the suburbs of Beard, Oaks Estate, and Crestwood are now being advised to stay indoors to avoid hazardous smoke and to avoid the area if they’re not already there. Those in Pialligo and the Brindabella Business Park should monitor conditions, stay up-to-date, and follow police directions to safely exit the area.
“The fire is burning within containment lines close to Beard, Harman and Oaks Estate. The fire is currently 424 hectares in size,” the emergency services agency said. “Firefighters are on scene. Helicopters are water-bombing and providing aerial surveillance.”

An active crime scene is in place at the site of the C-130 Hercules crash in the Snowy Mountains, say. "The current situation is already dangerous for people, property & the environment." A reminder to drone users that flying near an emergency can increase that danger.


We’ve just heard from ACT emergency services agency commissioner Georgeina Whelan, who held a press conference in Canberra.
She said the Beard fire – the product of two fires that have merged in the area near the ACT-NSW border – is still burning out of control and is 425 hectares in size. But there’s some positive news.

Oh c’mon! More fires today, creeping ever closer to area be vigilant. This is scary stuff.


RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has confirmed that all three people who died in the downed C-130 this afternoon were American residents.
Fitzsimmons said their deaths will impact fire fighters world-wide.


Fire authorities have no idea what caused the water-bombing C-130 plane to crash suddenly this afternoon, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says.
“We simply lost contract with the machine and the flight tracker we used stopped,” he said. “There is no indication at this stage of what’s caused the accident.”


Fitzsimmons has said it took “quite some time” to locate the wreckage of the C-130.
“It’s impacted heavily with the ground and initial reports are that there was a large fireball associated with the impact of the plane as it hit the ground,” he said. “It is still an active fire ground and it was very difficult to locate the wreckage.”


Three people have died in a fiery crash involving a C-130 water bombing aeroplane, the Rural Fire Service commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, has confirmed.
The plane went down at 1.30pm.


The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, is addressing the media in NSW:
There are in excess of 70 aircraft that have been used today alone, and today is a stark and horrible reminder of the dangerous conditions that our volunteers, emergency services personnel ... undertake daily. We have more than 1,700 volunteers and personnel on the field today. There are five fires, one in the ACT and four in New South Wales, currently at emergency warning level.

Box Hill: A firefighter has been rushed to hospital.


To make matters worse in Canberra, the ACT’s emergency services agency’s website has just crashed. It’s showing only a “503 service error”.
Not great timing.


7 News is reporting that the wreckage of the downed C-130 has been found.

BREAKING: Wreckage of missing RFS C-130 located by search crews. Reports only tail section intact. Aircraft has broken up on impact. Crews reporting difficult terrain and "terrible visibility".

Usually a sea breeze sees the coast cooler than the west of Sydney. Today strong westerlies have kept temperatures hot across the metro area. At 3pm Sydney had reached 41.3 - the same as Holsworthy in the south west. Penrith had reached 42.4 and the Airport hottest at 43.3.


There’s a steady stream of people arriving at the Moruya showgrounds which has been reopened as an evacuation centre. For a lot of people, it’s becoming a home away from home.
One woman from Congo, just south of here, told me it was her third time here since New Year’s Eve.


The sky is looking ominous outside the Moruya showground where our reporter on the ground, Michael McGowan, captured this image.


NSW residents have been asked to turn off any unnecessary appliances and keep airconditioners to 24C between 4 and 8pm today.
Temperatures in Sydney are expected to remain as high as 40C during that time.

ALERT: weather conditions, fire damage to transmission & mechanical issues at some power stations led to tight conditions in the electricity system. Asking community to help reduce demand between 4-8pm by turning off pool pumps, unnecessary appliances & turning up aircon to 24*C


You can see the plumes of thick black smoke coming from the recycling centre in Beard in this image provided by the ACT emergency services agency.

EMERGENCY WARNING - Badja Forest Rd, Countegany (Snowy Monaro, Eurobodalla & Bega Valley LGAs)
There is an immediate threat to properties. If you are in Bumbo, Eurobodalla & Bodalla, it is too late to leave. Seek shelter as fire approaches.
For more:


We’re getting reports that the Pialligo fire in Canberra has hit an industrial recycling centre, sending thick black smoke into the air.
The ACT’s emergency services agency said the fire had hit the recycling centre on Underwood Street. The fire was now producing “dangerous levels” of smoke, which the ESA said would reduce visibility and air quality. It advised residents to stay inside, close all windows and doors, turn off their air conditioning and evaporative coolers, and stay away from the area if they are not there already.

Fire has just hit a recycling plant near Queanbeyan. Toxic black smoke spreading through the area ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩

A bit of action at the Brindabella Business Park office this morning!


The aerial mud that fell on Melbourne in an extended deluge overnight was joined by a fresh burst of rain on Thursday to delay play on the outside courts at the Australian Open.
Concerns about air pollution remain high as well, as the elements combine to bedevil the first grand slam tournament of the year.
Staff had to power-blast the red carpet of dust and muck from the uncovered courts, pushing back the scheduled start of play to 2pm. There were further interruptions for rain as the card was squeezed again.

At 3pm there's 84 bush or grass fires across NSW with nearly 40 yet to be contained. Five fires are at Emergency Warning level. A southerly change is moving up the coast. It's not likely to reach places like Sydney until early tomorrow morning.

Smoke from fires near Moruya and Nowra can be seen on our radar. Fires are picking up due to hot temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. For up to date fire info refer to Fires Near Me: and the latest weather warnings at:


It’s quite a fluid situation here in Moruya on the New South Wales south coast.
The massive Clyde Mountain fire is approaching at quite a clip thanks to incredibly strong westerly winds, and the Rural Fire Service says homes in the town are at risk. RFS crews are defending properties north of the town.


Some more on the reported crash of the air tanker from AAP:
Five road ambulances and two rescue helicopters are en route after receiving reports of a plane crash in Peak View, a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said.

These images were taken about 40 minutes ago a few hundred metres from the community of oaks estate

Visibility reduced to approximately 500m at Mildura Airport today as another dust storm affected the region. The good news is that lighter winds are expected Friday and across the long weekend.


The NSW Rural Fire Service has said it is investigating after contact was lost with the large air tanker working in the Snowy Monaro area this afternoon.
Local ground crews have reported it may have crashed, and helicopters are in the area searching for the missing aircraft.


The two fires near the Canberra airport have merged.

EMERGENCY WARNING - BEARD FIRE


The Buldah fire in East Gippsland has moved up to emergency warning level, and residents are advised to seek shelter.

EMERGENCY WARNING issued for Buldah.
There is a bushfire at Buldah that is not yet under control.
You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.
The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately.
More details at


There are several road closures across the ACT as a result of the fire.

AS OF 1.44PM – BUSHFIRE ROAD CLOSURES
• SCHERGER - PIALLIGO AVE
• YASS RD - PIALLIGO AVE
• PIALLIGO - FAIRBAIRN AVE
• MAJURA - NORSE RD - COPPER CRES (EXIT NO ENTRY)
• COPPERS CROSS – NICKEL ST
• CANBERRA AVE - KENDALL AVE
• CANBERRA AVE - TOM PRICE
1/3

AS OF 1.45PM – BUSHFIRE ROAD CLOSURES
• CANBERRA AVE - NOMAD DR
• TOM PRICE ST - CANBERRA AVE
• RAILWAY ST
• FAIRBAIRN - OLD MAJURA RD
• BELTANA PIALLIGO
• NORSE RD - COPPER CRES AND CANBERRA AVE
• URIARRA RD - KENDALL AVE
• BELTANA RD - PIALLIGO AVE
• BEARD
2/3

AS OF 1.45PM – BUSHFIRE ROAD CLOSURES
• BRINDABELLA - PIALLIGO AVE
• BRINDABELLA - MOLONGOLO
• URIARRA RD - KENDALL AVE
• HINDMARSH DR - CANBERRA AVE
• TOM PRICE ST - CANBERRA AVE
3/3


From the ACT:

Crews battling the fire now burning next to the electrical substation near Oaks Estate


The conditions in Canberra are pretty abysmal.
Video from the Brindabella business park, which was threatened by the Pialligo fire, shows the strong winds ripping through the trees and thick blankets of smoke. The business park sits right next to Canberra airport and has offices for a number of government departments and the big corporate accounting firms Deloitte and KPMG.

Pretty awful conditions in Canberra. This vision just sent to me by someone at Brindabella Business Park, which is being threatened by the Pialligo fire.

Firefighters are working to stop the fire jumping Pialligo Ave to be Brindabella Business Park.


An emergency warning has been issued for a fire burning in Glen Allen in NSW. People in New Line and Creewah roads have been advised to seek shelter.

EMERGENCY WARNING - Creewah Rd, Glen Allen (Snowy Monaro LGA)
Fire burning in Glen Allen & spreading quickly. If you're in New Line Rd & Creewah Rd, Glen Allen area, it's too late to leave. Seek shelter as fire approaches. Protect yourself from heat of the fire.

Strong winds drive a dust storm across the Snowy Mountains Highway south of Cooma-visibility is down to 50m in places


A dust storm has just hit Mildura, too.

This is how quickly the dust storm has just enveloped Mildura. Videos shot a couple of minutes apart.


The chief of the defence force, Angus Campbell, says reservists will transition from full-time service on 1 February ahead of the order being revoked on 7 February.
He said reservists typically would have served for 28 days full-time continuously.


The Australian Open has been suspended due to the brown rain messing up the courts in Melbourne.

The tennis world was stunned by the "dirty" conditions that suspended play at the Australian Open in a first for the sport. : Shane McInnes
More:


The Box Hill fire has been reduced to watch and act level.

Watch and Act - Janpieter Road, Box Hill (The Hills LGA)
A fire is burning in the area of Box Hill & Nelson. Firefighters on scene. Immediate threat to homes has eased. If you're in Box Hill & Nelson areas, monitor conditions. Follow the advice of firefighters.


There has also been a lot of criticism in the past few days over whether the charities people have donated to in response to the bushfire crisis have been getting that money out to the victims of the fires.
Morrison said the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and St Vincent de Paul remain “trusted, respected and good-hearted”, but he said he had heard they needed more support to get the millions of dollars out to those affected. He said the federal government was building a “database capability” to make it easier for charities to connect with the fire victims, and state governments would also help to get funds to those who need it.


In a press conference, the prime minister, Scott Morrison, said the compulsory callout for the ADF reservists in response to the bushfire would expire on 7 February, 28 days since the callout was made.
“Now I want to stress absolutely that this does not mean, in any way, shape or form that you’re going to see any significant change at all in the level of the defence force deployment to support the recovery effort with these bushfires,” he said.


An emergency warning has been issued for a fire on Badja Forest Road, Countegany, in the Snowy region.

EMERGENCY WARNING - Badja Forest Rd, Countegany (Snowy Monaro, Eurobodalla & Bega Valley LGA)
Fire activity increasing. Dignams Creek area, on W side of Princes Hwy, leave now towards Narooma if path clear. Wallaga Lake area, monitor & watch out for embers.

Smoke from fires near Moruya and Nowra can be seen on our radar. Fires are picking up due to hot temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. For up to date fire info refer to Fires Near Me: and the latest weather warnings at:


If you want some background on why the fire conditions have worsened in New South Wales and the ACT today, and why it’s a bit calmer in Victoria (aside from the brown rain in Melbourne), you can read a piece I wrote earlier .


People in Brindabella business park in the ACT are being advised to stay where they are. It is safe there.


In New South Wales, there are five fires at emergency warning level, and are listed as out of control.
They are:


Canberra airport is closed and has been holding flights in and out of the nation’s capital on Thursday as emergency services issued an emergency warning for a bushfire near Beard, Oaks Estate and West Queanbeyan.
Residents have been advised to seek shelter.

INFORMATION UPDATE: Canberra Airport CLOSED

www.theguardian.com: Australia fires live: Canberra airport closed, reports of air tanker crash in NSW bushfires – latest updates

Added: 23.01.2020 4:20 | 104 views | 0 comments


ACT residents near bushfire south of Canberra told to seek shelter as contact lost with large water-bombing plane fighting New South Wales bushfire. Follow latest news and live updates


The aerial mud that fell on Melbourne in an extended deluge overnight was joined by a fresh burst of rain on Thursday to delay play on the outside courts at the Australian Open.
Concerns about air pollution remain high as well, as the elements combine to bedevil the first grand slam tournament of the year.
Staff had to power-blast the red carpet of dust and muck from the uncovered courts, pushing back the scheduled start of play to 2pm. There were further interruptions for rain as the card was squeezed again.

At 3pm there's 84 bush or grass fires across NSW with nearly 40 yet to be contained. Five fires are at Emergency Warning level. A southerly change is moving up the coast. It's not likely to reach places like Sydney until early tomorrow morning.

Smoke from fires near Moruya and Nowra can be seen on our radar. Fires are picking up due to hot temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. For up to date fire info refer to Fires Near Me: and the latest weather warnings at:


It’s quite a fluid situation here in Moruya on the New South Wales south coast.
The massive Clyde Mountain fire is approaching at quite a clip thanks to incredibly strong westerly winds, and the Rural Fire Service says homes in the town are at risk. RFS crews are defending properties north of the town.


Some more on the reported crash of the air tanker from AAP:
Five road ambulances and two rescue helicopters are en route after receiving reports of a plane crash in Peak View, a NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said.

These images were taken about 40 minutes ago a few hundred metres from the community of oaks estate

Visibility reduced to approximately 500m at Mildura Airport today as another dust storm affected the region. The good news is that lighter winds are expected Friday and across the long weekend.


The NSW Rural Fire Service has said it is investigating after contact was lost with the large air tanker working in the Snowy Monaro area this afternoon.
Local ground crews have reported it may have crashed, and helicopters are in the area searching for the missing aircraft.


The two fires near the Canberra airport have merged.

EMERGENCY WARNING - BEARD FIRE


The Buldah fire in East Gippsland has moved up to emergency warning level, and residents are advised to seek shelter.

EMERGENCY WARNING issued for Buldah.
There is a bushfire at Buldah that is not yet under control.
You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.
The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately.
More details at


There are several road closures across the ACT as a result of the fire.

AS OF 1.44PM – BUSHFIRE ROAD CLOSURES
• SCHERGER - PIALLIGO AVE
• YASS RD - PIALLIGO AVE
• PIALLIGO - FAIRBAIRN AVE
• MAJURA - NORSE RD - COPPER CRES (EXIT NO ENTRY)
• COPPERS CROSS – NICKEL ST
• CANBERRA AVE - KENDALL AVE
• CANBERRA AVE - TOM PRICE
1/3

AS OF 1.45PM – BUSHFIRE ROAD CLOSURES
• CANBERRA AVE - NOMAD DR
• TOM PRICE ST - CANBERRA AVE
• RAILWAY ST
• FAIRBAIRN - OLD MAJURA RD
• BELTANA PIALLIGO
• NORSE RD - COPPER CRES AND CANBERRA AVE
• URIARRA RD - KENDALL AVE
• BELTANA RD - PIALLIGO AVE
• BEARD
2/3

AS OF 1.45PM – BUSHFIRE ROAD CLOSURES
• BRINDABELLA - PIALLIGO AVE
• BRINDABELLA - MOLONGOLO
• URIARRA RD - KENDALL AVE
• HINDMARSH DR - CANBERRA AVE
• TOM PRICE ST - CANBERRA AVE
3/3


From the ACT:

Crews battling the fire now burning next to the electrical substation near Oaks Estate


The conditions in Canberra are pretty abysmal.
Video from the Brindabella business park, which was threatened by the Pialligo fire, shows the strong winds ripping through the trees and thick blankets of smoke. The business park sits right next to Canberra airport and has offices for a number of government departments and the big corporate accounting firms Deloitte and KPMG.

Pretty awful conditions in Canberra. This vision just sent to me by someone at Brindabella Business Park, which is being threatened by the Pialligo fire.

Firefighters are working to stop the fire jumping Pialligo Ave to be Brindabella Business Park.


An emergency warning has been issued for a fire burning in Glen Allen in NSW. People in New Line and Creewah roads have been advised to seek shelter.

EMERGENCY WARNING - Creewah Rd, Glen Allen (Snowy Monaro LGA)
Fire burning in Glen Allen & spreading quickly. If you're in New Line Rd & Creewah Rd, Glen Allen area, it's too late to leave. Seek shelter as fire approaches. Protect yourself from heat of the fire.

Strong winds drive a dust storm across the Snowy Mountains Highway south of Cooma-visibility is down to 50m in places


A dust storm has just hit Mildura, too.

This is how quickly the dust storm has just enveloped Mildura. Videos shot a couple of minutes apart.


The chief of the defence force, Angus Campbell, says reservists will transition from full-time service on 1 February ahead of the order being revoked on 7 February.
He said reservists typically would have served for 28 days full-time continuously.


The Australian Open has been suspended due to the brown rain messing up the courts in Melbourne.

The tennis world was stunned by the "dirty" conditions that suspended play at the Australian Open in a first for the sport. : Shane McInnes
More:


The Box Hill fire has been reduced to watch and act level.

Watch and Act - Janpieter Road, Box Hill (The Hills LGA)
A fire is burning in the area of Box Hill & Nelson. Firefighters on scene. Immediate threat to homes has eased. If you're in Box Hill & Nelson areas, monitor conditions. Follow the advice of firefighters.


There has also been a lot of criticism in the past few days over whether the charities people have donated to in response to the bushfire crisis have been getting that money out to the victims of the fires.
Morrison said the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and St Vincent de Paul remain “trusted, respected and good-hearted”, but he said he had heard they needed more support to get the millions of dollars out to those affected. He said the federal government was building a “database capability” to make it easier for charities to connect with the fire victims, and state governments would also help to get funds to those who need it.


In a press conference, the prime minister, Scott Morrison, said the compulsory callout for the ADF reservists in response to the bushfire would expire on 7 February, 28 days since the callout was made.
“Now I want to stress absolutely that this does not mean, in any way, shape or form that you’re going to see any significant change at all in the level of the defence force deployment to support the recovery effort with these bushfires,” he said.


An emergency warning has been issued for a fire on Badja Forest Road, Countegany, in the Snowy region.

EMERGENCY WARNING - Badja Forest Rd, Countegany (Snowy Monaro, Eurobodalla & Bega Valley LGA)
Fire activity increasing. Dignams Creek area, on W side of Princes Hwy, leave now towards Narooma if path clear. Wallaga Lake area, monitor & watch out for embers.

Smoke from fires near Moruya and Nowra can be seen on our radar. Fires are picking up due to hot temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. For up to date fire info refer to Fires Near Me: and the latest weather warnings at:


If you want some background on why the fire conditions have worsened in New South Wales and the ACT today, and why it’s a bit calmer in Victoria (aside from the brown rain in Melbourne), you can read a piece I wrote earlier .


People in Brindabella business park in the ACT are being advised to stay where they are. It is safe there.


In New South Wales, there are five fires at emergency warning level, and are listed as out of control.
They are:


Canberra airport is closed and has been holding flights in and out of the nation’s capital on Thursday as emergency services issued an emergency warning for a bushfire near Beard, Oaks Estate and West Queanbeyan.
Residents have been advised to seek shelter.

INFORMATION UPDATE: Canberra Airport CLOSED

Strong winds and scorching heat reignite Australia's bushfire danger

Added: 23.01.2020 2:28 | 11 views | 0 comments

Soaring temperatures and strong winds stoked bushfires in Australia's southeast on Thursday, with Sydney forecast to hit 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit) following a few days of cooler weather.

From: feeds.reuters.com

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