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Apocalyptic Scenes From Canberra’s Bushfires

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Fire in Canberra, Australia’s capital. Looking south over Lake Burley Griffin. Parliament House is in the left of the shot. pic.twitter.com/masgYPEOSp

— Ash Andersen (@TheAshAndersen) January 28, 2020

Officials warned communities in bushfire-ravaged ACT, NSW and Victoria to strengthen fire defences on Tuesday amid forecasts of soaring temperatures and strong winds, as one approaching blaze cloaked Canberra in thick smoke.

Bushfires have killed 33 people and about 1 billion animals since September, while 2,500 homes and an area the size of Greece have been destroyed.

Firefighters have used several days of cooler, damper weather across much of the continent to try to gain control of more than 100 blazes still burning before temperatures rise again from mid-week.

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One blaze in a national park south of Canberra was upgraded to the emergency warning level, as the emergency services chief told residents to stay on alert, given rising winds could spark spot fires in the suburbs.

People in some areas near in Namadgi National Park were told it was too late to leave. Images show Canberra cloaked in thick, hazardous smoke on Tuesday:

 

We’re not done yet. #actfires#bushfire#actruralfireservice#canberrafire#canberra#namadgipic.twitter.com/ulQNfgRLbq

— wakeupsitt (@wakeupsitt) January 27, 2020

My girlfriend just sent me this view from her driveway in Canberra. She’s leaving now. #CanberraFirespic.twitter.com/fSLgYsggiL

— Tam (@tamzy888) January 28, 2020

Bushfire now cresting the ridge south of Canberra. pic.twitter.com/4ULVo9lfTW

— Cormac Farrell (@jagungal1) January 28, 2020

RAW timelapse footage of the last few hours – Orroral Valley fire -Out of control #canberra#australia#AustraliaBurning#AustralianFirespic.twitter.com/akBjC8AIof

— Martin Ollman (@martin_o) January 28, 2020

Not the sort of sunset you ever want to see #CanberraFires#Canberra#orroralvalleyfire#AustraliaBurningpic.twitter.com/jQNYoWY4oj

— Jeanette Richmond (@Jeanett78434655) January 28, 2020

“Helicopters and large air tankers are water-bombing, establishing containment lines and undertaking aerial surveillance,” Canberra’s emergency services said in a notice.

“The fire may pose threats to all lives directly in its path,” Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Georgeina Whelan told reporters. ”…Firefighters may be unable to prevent a fire from reaching your property. You should not expect a firefighter on your door.”

Winds of 5 kph had reached gusts as high as 40 kph, she said, fanning the blaze and worsening conditions.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology and firefighting services were predicting temperatures to top 40 Celsius over the weekend.

“Worsening conditions are forecast for later the week so prepare now,” the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said on Twitter.

People should clear their properties of any flammable vegetation, while any broken roof tiles should be repaired to protect houses from airborne embers, it said.

Carly Williams contributed to this report. 

Officials warned communities in bushfire-ravaged ACT, NSW and Victoria to strengthen fire defences on Tuesday amid forecasts of soaring temperatures and strong winds, as one approaching blaze cloaked Canberra in thick smoke.

Bushfires have killed 33 people and about 1 billion animals since September, while 2,500 homes and an area the size of Greece have been destroyed.

Firefighters have used several days of cooler, damper weather across much of the continent to try to gain control of more than 100 blazes still burning before temperatures rise again from mid-week.

One blaze in a national park south of Canberra was upgraded to the emergency warning level, as the emergency services chief told residents to stay on alert, given rising winds could spark spot fires in the suburbs.

People in some areas near in Namadgi National Park were told it was too late to leave. Images show Canberra cloaked in thick, hazardous smoke on Tuesday:

 

“Helicopters and large air tankers are water-bombing, establishing containment lines and undertaking aerial surveillance,” Canberra’s emergency services said in a notice.

“The fire may pose threats to all lives directly in its path,” Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Georgeina Whelan told reporters. ”...Firefighters may be unable to prevent a fire from reaching your property. You should not expect a firefighter on your door.”

Winds of 5 kph had reached gusts as high as 40 kph, she said, fanning the blaze and worsening conditions.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology and firefighting services were predicting temperatures to top 40 Celsius over the weekend.

“Worsening conditions are forecast for later the week so prepare now,” the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said on Twitter.

People should clear their properties of any flammable vegetation, while any broken roof tiles should be repaired to protect houses from airborne embers, it said.

Carly Williams contributed to this report. 

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/apocalyptic-scenes-canberra-bushfires_au_5e30a630c5b6e8375f64471e

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