Bushfires rage across Australia's east, west as danger rises

NSW faced catastrophic fire conditions on Tuesday

NSW faced catastrophic fire conditions on Tuesday

Wildfires raging across Australia will likely worsen as hotter weather and stronger winds are expected, Reuters reported.

As of this morning, there were almost 70 active bushfires in New South Wales, and a state of fire emergency has been called.

"More than 1,300 firefighters have worked overnight on the 59 bush or grass fires now burning across NSW at 6:00 a.m. local time, with 35 not yet contained", a NSW RFS spokesperson said on social media.

Rural Fire Service NSW deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said worn out firefighters face another challenging few days. "We're in for the long haul".

U.S. Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse Jr. claimed firefighting Tanker 911, a transformed McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jet that can drop 35,600 liters (9,400 gallons) of fireplace retardant, was on its way from New Mexico to the Australian east coastline to aid.

In this impression made from video, forest trees are on hearth in Hillville, New South Wales state, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.

The New Zealand contingent, which will consist of six four-person crews, a task force leader and a liaison officer, will arrive in Sydney on Sunday evening before being deployed to fires around the state, Fire and Emergency New Zealand said in a statement.

Over the past 19 years, fire services have deployed more than 1000 personnel overseas - more than 160 of them to Australia in the past 12 months.

A man accused of starting a blaze which sparked an emergency warning at Guyra Road in Ebor, east of Armidale, will face court this morning, accused of starting a fire to protect a cannabis crop while the east coast of Australia continues to burn.

A weeklong point out of crisis was declared for New South Wales since of the remarkable hearth hazard. The emergency declaration gives the Rural Fire Service sweeping powers to control resources and direct other government agencies.

The yearly Australian fire year, which peaks during the Southern Hemisphere summer season, has began early soon after an unusually warm and dry winter season.

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