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Mega fire set to form as ‘frustrated’ authorities plead with ‘stubborn’ residents

Mega fire set to form as ‘frustrated’ authorities plead with ‘stubborn’ residentsYahoo News 6 Jan 2020

Residents in Victoria have been told a giant 180,000 hectare fire will join with out-of-control fires across the border in NSW to create a ‘mega fire’.

Exhausted firefighters worked tirelessly to contain the bushfires throughout the weekend but a powerful and volatile southerly on Saturday quickly stretched the blazes, with the fires edging closer to each other throughout Sunday.

And while rain has brought a brief period or respite, residents were told at a CFA meeting in Tallangatta on Sunday night it is only a matter of time before the Corryong fire connects with the huge 297,000-hectare Dunns Road fire around the Snowy Mountains, the ABC reported…….

‘Uncharted territory’ for NSW

Ms Berejiklian labelled the ongoing threat “uncharted territory” with hundreds of homes feared lost across southern NSW.

“We can’t pretend this is something we have experienced before – it’s not,” she told reporters on Sunday.

At 6am, there were 136 fires burning across NSW, with 69 uncontained.

January 6, 2020 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, Victoria

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