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Sydney readies for ‘very dangerous’ fire conditions on Tuesday




Canberra, Dec. 9, 2019 Firefighters in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) are preparing for “very dangerous” fire conditions on Tuesday as dozens of bushfires continue to burn, authorities have said.

While better weather on Sunday and Monday provided an opportunity to conduct critical back burning and containment work, the weather is forecast to get worse, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius amid high winds and low humidity conditions.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Tuesday would be “very dangerous” due to the combination of very hot weather and windy conditions.

“That combination, as we know, has been lethal in the past few months,” she said in Sydney on Monday.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the conditions may not be as bad as last month, when the state had to declare a state of emergency.

“But it’s certainly going to be another difficult day, particularly given the scale and complexity of these fires and their proximity to so much more built-up and populated areas,” he said.

Later, he said on Twitter there were 87 fires currently burning in 2.1 million hectares of land with a perimeter of 11,095 kilometres.

According to authorities, fires have now already burned 2.7 million hectares of land in eastern Australia since the bushfire season started early in October.

Nine areas of NSW are under a total fire ban on Tuesday, including Sydney and its suburbs.

Fire authorities continued to work on a so-called “megafire” to the north-west of Sydney after it combined several blazes last week.

Edited by: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim

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