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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 07:53 AM

Sydney to face catastrophic fire danger for first time

Source: Guardian

Full headline: NSW and Queensland fires: Sydney to face catastrophic fire danger for first time

More than 130 bushfires continue to burn, with three people dead and 150 properties destroyed, and conditions set to worsen

The greater Sydney region will face catastrophic fire danger on Tuesday for the first time since the rating was introduced and fire authorities say conditions in other parts of New South Wales could also be set to worsen.

The warning was issued as more than 80 fires continued to burn in the north of the state late on Sunday.


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While some weather conditions were expected to ease late on Sunday and into Monday, both the Rural Fire Service and the Bureau of Meteorology warned that dangerous conditions were forecast for Tuesday.

The Rural Fire Service issued a catastrophic fire danger warning for the greater Sydney and greater Hunter regions including the Blue Mountains and the central coast on Tuesday due to high temperatures, strong winds and dry conditions.

Extreme fire danger is forecast in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven region, the north coast, the central ranges, the northern slopes and the north-western regions.

The far north coast, New England, the far south coast, the southern ranges, and the lower central west plains are expecting severe fire danger.


More at link: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/10/nsw-and-queensland-fires-sydney-to-face-catastrophic-fire-danger-for-first-time




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