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Australia: Firefighters take stock amid raging bushfires

0 12.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Firefighters in burnt woods, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
W/S Firefighters in burnt woods
M/S Firefighters climbing onto truck
M/S Emergency vehicles on side of road
W/S Burnt woods
C/U Sign reading "Woodfoord Rural Fire Brigade"
SOT, Craig Patrick, firefighter in Woodford Rural Fire Brigade: "We've had an incident over the weekend here, which is currently under control and is close to being out but we're carefully monitoring it, making sure it's still doing the right thing."
W/S Firefighters
SOT, Gary Highland: "As you can see we've had up to 80 km/h winds here today and this adds to the problem of the fires within the Blue Mountains. And because of the dryness of the fuel on the ground and the heat, it's a recipe for disaster."
M/S Sign reading "Fire danger today"
SOT, Craig Patrick, firefighter in Woodford Rural Fire Brigade: "Most of the area in here it's down in the valley and fairly thick bush, but it is surrounded by housing. So it's all quite close to the housing interface. Which is why we need to act very quickly when it happened, because it doesn't take very long at all for a fire in any of these valleys to get out and get into the houses besides it. The weather at the time was pushing the fire in that direction. So basically [the] emission was over here, the weather did keep moving around, so it pushed the fire over in this direction, crossed a couple of streets, also pushed up north and started spotting on the other side of the highway."
M/S Burnt woods
SOT, Gary Highland: "That fire took out numerous acres in a very short time. It was extreme heat, it was followed by very severe winds. The weather forecast for today was supposed to be a lot worse, than what it was last Friday."
W/S Fire truck
M/S Flags
SOT, Craig Patrick, firefighter in Woodford Rural Fire Brigade: "Hopefully in the next couple of days things should calm slightly. It can all depend on the direction of the wind and where the weather is coming from, because the combination of the wind speed and the humidity as well as the temperature are what combined to give us the fire danger. And those factors together with the dought factor, how dry the soil is, how dry the trees are, that can really affect how quickly the place can become out of control."
W/S Firefighters in burnt woods
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Firefighters were seen operating in the Blue Mountains region in New South Wales (NSW), amid the raging bushfires on Tuesday.
Woodford Rural Fire Brigade firefighter Craig Patrick stated that the situation is "currently under control" and that he believes that "things should calm slightly" in the following days
"It can all depend on the direction of the wind and where the weather is coming from, because the combination of the wind speed and the humidity as well as the temperature are what combined to give us the fire danger," he added.
Over 300 new fires have been recorded in NSW on Tuesday, and reports indicate that some firefighters were injured and dozen homes were damaged.