Fast spreading wildfires are ongoing in multiple areas of New South Wales (NSW) on Saturday, November 9. Officials have confirmed at least two fatalities and over 30 injuries from the fires, with the worst hit areas including Glen Innes, Port Macquarie, and Taree regions. Another seven people are also missing as of Saturday morning (local time). Over 1300 firefighters have been deployed to contain the blazes and five fires are currently listed at emergency levels by the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS). At least 100 homes have also been destroyed in the state.
Weather conditions may improve through Saturday and over the coming days, but the fires are expected to continue to spread. According to NSW RFS officials, firefighters have been unable to access portions of the affected areas and dry, windy conditions will likely facilitate further spread of the blazes. A heightened security presence, road closures, and power outages are to be expected in the vicinity of the wildfires. Up-to-date information on the fire can be found on the NSW RFS website here.
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.
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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