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28 Oct 2019 | 11:33 AM UTC

Australia: Wildfires continue in New South Wales October 28 /update 2

Australia News Alert

Wildfires continue to burn in New South Wales October 28; containment efforts ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/28/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/10/2019, 11:59 PM (Australia/Sydney). COUNTRY/REGION New South Wales, Chaelundi State Forest

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Event

As of Monday, October 28, dozens of uncontrolled wildfires continue to affect New South Wales. A large blaze is currently reported in Chaelundi State Forest and has already burned around 111,690 acres. According to the New South Wales Fire Service (NSW RSF), more than a hundred properties have been destroyed.

Further spread of the fires is expected in the coming days and weeks. A heightened security presence, road closures, and power outages are to be expected in the vicinity of the wildfires

Context

Wildfires in New South Wales are ongoing since October 9. Authorities have indicated that the fires are due to high temperatures and drought.

Wildfires are an annual event in Australia between December and February; however, the authorities have been on high alert since September 2015 over unseasonably warm temperatures, prompting scientists to speculate that climate change could be extending and increasing the intensity of the fire season.

Advice

Individuals present in New South Wales are advised to keep abreast of warnings and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities, notably evacuation orders. As high temperatures are expected in the near-term, individuals are also advised to remain hydrated and minimize outdoor activities. Furthermore, individuals should limit outdoor activities until the situation normalizes and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution; seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.

 

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