Australia fires

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Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018

“Highly unusual” bushfires in Australia have broken out during the wet season, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

More than 70 fires are burning amid an “unprecedented” heatwave in Queensland, with the largest blaze extending more than 60 km in length.

The fire has burnt through approximately 17,000 hectares in the Deepwater National Park, destroyed two homes and damaged several others.

Most of the other fires are being contained, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said.

The state government has enacted a disaster declaration for the state’s Gladstone region, meaning emergency services could force people to evacuate from areas deemed to be at risk.

Residents may not be able to return home for at least three days.

The declaration comes amid warnings the fire threat is set to intensify on Tuesday due to an “extreme heatwave” combined with strong winds predicted for central and northern Queensland.

By Monday afternoon local time, 100 firefighters were tackling the blaze, with 100 more arriving from New South Wales on Tuesday.

Among six water-bombing aircraft was a Boeing 737 aerial tanker that can dump 15,000 liters of water at a time, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
Source: DORRIS

Australia fires Facts

Power: 0
Affected Area: 100 km.
Alert Level: Yellow
Category: Fire
Response: Shelter
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

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