Australia bushfires: Record number of emergencies in New South Wales

A firefighter works as a bushfire burns in Port Macquarie New South Wales

A firefighter works as a bushfire burns in Port Macquarie New South Wales

High winds were fanning fires, turning the sky red in the mid-north coastal town of Port Macquarie, according to posts on social media.

In some areas, residents were trapped and simply told to "seek shelter as it is too late to leave".

Dozens of bushfires were reported across New South Wales on Friday, with 85 fires reported to be burning by 9 pm. "If you are near these fires, your life is at risk and you need to take action to protect your life", NSW Rural Fire service said.

The blazes are feared to be getting even more fierce.

Authorities said some of the fires were creating their own weather conditions: pyro-cumulus clouds that enveloped entire villages. These are extremely unsafe. "Do not be caught in the open". At least five schools have closed due to the fires.

Fitzsimmons said the fire service has received reports that several communities have been impacted by the blazes, including reports of injuries to residents and damage to buildings. There were also two emergency level fires burning in southern Queensland.

A spokesperson for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service told EFE that between July 1 to November 5, around 574,727 hectares had been burned, and although the figure was not updated, it had already exceeded the area that was consumed by fires in the previous two seasons put together.

Firefighters battled hot and dry winds, with drought conditions contributing to the amount of fuel available for the fires to consume.

In a tweet Friday, Rob Rogers, Executive Director Operations at the NSW Rural Fire Service described the fires as "unprecedented" and asked residents to "avoid fire affected areas".

There are now 50 bushfires raging in neighbouring Queensland, with residents across several areas told to evacuate as properties are under threat.

Queensland towns including Cooroibah and Tewantin, with a combined population of around 6,500, were told to leave by the state's fire and emergency services.

Australia's east is being ravaged by a record number of intense bushfires in a dramatic start to the country's fire season, with scientists warning of worse to come.

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