Australia declares state of emergency due to bushfires in the capital

Australia declares state of emergency due to bushfires in the capital

Australia declares state of emergency due to bushfires in the capital

"We're going to have another hard and risky day, especially in southeastern New South Wales, where we have a total of five fire protection areas that effectively encompass everything in the southeastern part of the state around ACT and to the southern border", he said today.

Authorities in Canberra on Friday declared the first state of emergency in nearly two decades as a bushfire bore down on the Australian capital.

The 2003 bushfire killed four people and destroyed almost 500 buildings in one day.

Orange-red skies hovered over the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), in which Canberra is situated, as bushfires claimed more than 35,800 hectares (88,500 acres) of forest and farmland south of the city.

The type of vegetation on the fireground means the blaze can become quite erratic and spot ahead of itself, which can cause very hard conditions for firefighters to manage.

The heatwave is set to worsen conditions in New South Wales, the state that's suffered the most damage in the unprecedented fire season, and where more than 50 blazes continued to burn on Friday. "It may become uncontrollable", Barr said in a televised briefing.

A southerly wind change is expected to push through very late on Saturday night and "with any wind change comes added complexities and potential new threats", she said.

Prince Harry Loses Complaint About Coverage of Wildlife Photos
It claimed the Duke had edited the three images of a lion, a rhino and an elephant to hide the fact they had been tranquilised. A rope around the hind legs of the elephant was not visible because of the way the picture was cropped, the article said.

Victoria state, which adjoins NSW and ACT, is also expected to see heatwave conditions on the weekend.

In neighboring New Zealand, where smoke from the Australian blazes has turned glaciers brown, firefighters were battling to contain about 25 fires that spread rapidly to cover about 100 hectares on the South Island.

Australia's unsafe summer weather has largely been driven by temperature variations in the Indian Ocean, which the country's weather bureau said on Thursday were likely to keep conditions hot and dry until March.

Extreme hot and windy weather conditions have worsened wildfires in the capital and nearby regions, with temperatures soaring to 42 degrees C (108 degrees F).

While five emergency warnings were in place on Saturday afternoon for blazes across the NSW south coast and southeast, at 9pm on Saturday evening just one remained at the highest level.

Parts of the state were seeing temperatures several degrees over 40C, he said.

Mr Morrison on Friday announced a A$2 billion (S$1.8 billion) energy deal with NSW - the country's most populous state - that will seek to reduce emissions and lower power bills.

Recommended News

  • Microsoft to pay cash bounties on Xbox bugs

    Microsoft to pay cash bounties on Xbox bugs

    The Xbox team will reward you based on report quality , and the level of impact the reported vulnerability has. Microsoft runs similar bug programs for other products, including its suite of cloud services.
    Iowa Hawkeyes at Maryland Terrapins College Basketball Betting Odds

    Iowa Hawkeyes at Maryland Terrapins College Basketball Betting Odds

    Jalen Smith led the way with a career-high 29 points and 11 rebounds and the game-winning layup with 14.5 seconds remaining. Iowa has four wins and two losses against ranked opponents this season, while Maryland has against a ranked team.

    3 World Series Contenders Nobody is Talking About

    Despite being loaded on offense, the Cardinals have been inefficient in 2019 and rank near the bottom-10 in runs and home runs. Louis has title-winning pedigree and are loaded offensively, but thus far simply haven’t delivered consistent results.
  • Leicester draws with Chelsea

    Leicester draws with Chelsea

    They are now six points ahead of Manchester United, Tottenham and Sheffield United in the pursuit of the final Champions League spot.
    Australian Open women's final Sofia Kenin vs Garbine Muguruza live blog

    Australian Open women's final Sofia Kenin vs Garbine Muguruza live blog

    Kenin then fired a forehand victor to win the fifth game, sparking a rally of four consecutive game wins and winning the match. But with chants of "C'mon, Garbine" echoing around a capacity Rod Laver Arena, Kenin took a deep breath and composed herself.

    Coronavirus 'domestic outbreak' warning as China slams USA travel ban

    All but one of the new deaths came in hardest-hit Hubei province, the epicentre of an outbreak that has spread around the world. The WHO estimates the virus has been detected in at least 23 other countries, the majority involving those who visited China .
  • Iran calls U.S.  sanctions on nuke organisation chief 'unwise'

    Iran calls U.S. sanctions on nuke organisation chief 'unwise'

    He accused Washington of waging "economic terrorism against the Iranian people". Bern will verify the information and share it with the US Treasury.
    China reports 11,791 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, 259 deaths

    China reports 11,791 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, 259 deaths

    Since the outbreak began, reports of racism against people of Asian descent have been on the rise in the USA and around the world. An additional 191 people in more than two dozen states are under investigation for possibly having the virus.

    Flaunt Your Style at Your Office with Graceful Jewellery

    This is why it is best to avoid jewellery that will draw unwanted attention and take away the focus from what you are presenting. A delicate diamond ring, a simple platinum or gold band looks great and works well with both Indian as well as western outfits.
  • Health officials: Two people in Oklahoma test negative for coronavirus

    Health officials: Two people in Oklahoma test negative for coronavirus

    And while influenza is not a coronavirus, it isn't so different from 2019-nCoV, either. "My advice is to get a flu shot", he said. But he says it's important to lose signt of a more common virus that poses a greater threat to Ohioans right now - influenza.
    Coronavirus: US bars foreign nationals who have recently travelled to China

    Coronavirus: US bars foreign nationals who have recently travelled to China

    A day ago, the United States issued a travel warning, likening the danger of travelling to China to that of Iraq and Afghanistan. A planeload of French citizens from Wuhan, China , are being taken to a Mediterranean vacation resort for 14 days of quarantine.

    How to Upgrade Your Skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016 Certification? ExamSnap Guide on Microsoft 70-743 Exam

    Depending on your behavior, it can be determined whether or not you are using exam dumps and if so, penalties will be imposed. As you can see the retake policy is a bit lenient, but it is still wise to make sure that you pass at the first attempt.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.