Heatwave hell to create risky conditions around Australia


Residents defending a property from a bushfire at Hillsville, near Taree, 350km north of Sydney on 12 November.

Emergency Leaders for Climate Action, a group of 29 former emergency service bosses, has also accused the federal government of being "asleep at the wheel" when it comes to climate change.

Global warming is causing heatwaves to be hotter, drier, more likely to occur and longer-lasting, and fires are becoming more likely to grow into large blazes and exhibit extreme behaviour that makes them hard to control. These factors contribute in drying out vegetation, making them more susceptible to catching fire.

Convicted arsonists can be charged with manslaughter and face 25 years in jail, with police now investigating 16 suspicious fires throughout the state.

This fire will not be extinguished until significant rains fall across the entire fire ground.

The fire danger wasn't just restricted to the east coast, with the rating for Australia as a whole far and away the highest on record for spring since 1950.

The RFS has are also warned there remain "broad areas of severe and very high fire danger" across northern, eastern and southern parts of the state.

Firefighters have been stretched to their limit for months tackling the NSW bushfire crisis, and it won't get any easier for rescue personnel with high temperatures and strong winds forecast for the end of the week.

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'The next five days could potentially see some of the most risky conditions that the state has seen for quite some time, ' Emergency Services minister David Elliott said.

There is a big difference in fires depending on where they are in New South Wales.

Of the fires burning around the state, more than half are uncontained.

According to the report, the closest season compared to 2019 was 1968, but even it was less extensive than this year. Smoke from nearby fires, including the Gospers Mountain blaze, will once again blanket the city and reduce air quality.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has warned the entire boundary of Sydney is at extreme risk of fire, amid fears today's soaring temperatures could exacerbate bushfires which are yet to be controlled.

With the current heat event, South Australia is bracing for unsafe fire conditions until a cool change late Friday.

Firefighters in Australia are bracing for the "worst possible circumstances" as extreme heatwave sweeps the New South Wales in the coming days combined with low humidity, strong winds, and several already-aggressive fires burning near populated areas.