Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bushfire weather

We've had a run of several days very warm to hot weather, and it's going to stay around for a few more days yet apparently.

Last night it was still 30C at midnight and didn't get below 28C, then was back at 30C at 6am. We had 40C today here on the coast and it was a few degrees higher inland.

There's been a strong gusty wind too, so inevitably we have bushfires.

The Rural Fire Service lists 42 fires, six of them major and three are at Emergency warning level.

One near Canberra has already destroyed one home and killed a lot of livestock. Most of the cattle were moved but sheep seem to have been badly hit.

In the Hunter Valley, just north of us here, there's an out-of-control fire near Cessnock, at Kurri Kurri.

I'm keeping up-to-date with it on Twitter and it's saying that the hospital has been evacuated. This has just been posted too:

Fire & Rescue NSW
@FRNSW crews protecting approx 60 ppl sheltering at Kurri Kurri TAFE. Bushfire impacting on campus. Everyone safe.

ABC news is reporting property losses in the Kurri Kurri fire and property in danger near Canberra.

Fire crews from Sydney and the Central Coast are on their way to help.

The wind seems to be easing off though, and a mild southerly change is on the way so hopefully they'll be able to get on top of the situation.

These photos are from Twitter of the Kurri Kurri fire:

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