NSW and Queensland fires: fires rage as conditions expected to worsen

The Guardian 4 days ago

And in Queensland, there has been a state of emergency declared across half the state, with 42 local government areas affected by fires as of Sunday, from the Gold Coast up to Townsville. Around 5,000 homes have been evacuated and one home reportedly destroyed.

You can see the affected areas and the declaration here.

Good morning, we will continue to follow the ongoing fire crises in New South Wales and Queensland today. For those in fire-affected areas, please listen to your local emergency broadcaster, and follow instructions from fire crews and authorities. There are multiple warnings still current and the situation remains volatile. See online updates for New South Wales and Queensland.

  • There at 72 fires burning across New South Wales as of Sunday morning, 36 of which are out of control. Eleven fires remain at watch and act.
  • Conditions are expected to worsen over the next few days, including a “potentially dangerous day” on Tuesday, according to NSW rural fire service inspector Ben Shepherd.
  • Three people have been killed, with seven reported missing.
  • Wytaliba resident Vivian Chaplain, 69, has been confirmed as one of the victims, while an elderly man in Wytaliba is believed to be the second victim, and a body was found in a home in North Taree
  • 150 homes have been destroyed, with that tally expected to go up significantly as assessment teams go through the affected areas.
  • Some fire stations have also been destroyed
  • South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania are sending fire crews to NSW.
  • NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and prime minister Scott Morrison will visit affected communities on Sunday.
  • Around 2,000 people have evacuated to 15 evacuation centres set up.

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