Officials have issued a notice warning that "catastrophic" fire conditions are expected in Greater Sydney and Hunter regions (New South Wales state) on Tuesday, November 12, as multiple fires continue to burn along the state's eastern coast as of Sunday, November 10. Strong winds, high temperatures, and low humidity are expected to peak on Tuesday, making the area extremely susceptible to bush fires. A "total fire ban" is in place across New South Wales for Monday, November 11, and Tuesday. Several schools across the state will be closed on Monday and Tuesday in particularly vulnerable areas.
A heightened security presence, road closures, and power outages are to be expected in the vicinity of any wildfires. Up-to-date information on the fires 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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