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Sydney Morning Herald up to date coverage of New South Wales bushfires

New South Wales braces for unprecedented fire danger | ABC News

Message from the Editor: Our bushfire coverage, SMH, By Lisa Davies,

“Catastrophic” is not a word used flippantly. The highest possible level of bushfire danger across NSW has led the Premier Gladys Berejiklian to declare a State of Emergency for the first time in six years.

As a result, the Herald will provide open access to our coverage – meaning that for the duration of this crisis, bushfire stories will be free for all readers…..

the conditions forecast for Sydney, the Hunter region, the Blue Mountains and Central Coast have worsened – similar to those experienced in Victoria on Black Saturday, which saw 173 people killed and thousands of homes lost.

Rural Fire Services Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the predictions were unprecedented for the greater Sydney area.

“We could not find a time in history … where we saw indices reaching what we now know are catastrophic levels here in the Greater Sydney environment,” he said. “We are talking about something we haven’t experienced before in Sydney in the Greater Sydney environment.”

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has announced 300 schools will be closed and expects the number to rise.

So what does a “catastrophic” fire emergency mean?

It means high winds and extreme heat can cause embers from existing fires to travel more than 20 kilometres ahead of the main firefront, Mr Fitzsimmons explained……..

We will be updating readers live via our blog and at…….

November 11, 2019 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, New South Wales

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