New South Wales Brushfires
From 2019 to present, the Australian brush-fires have been burning across the continent. As of January 14th, 2020, the fires have consumed over 46 million acres and killed a staggering billion animals. Many of the creatures were close to extinction when the fires started and experts fear that many may be fully extinct. The fires have destroyed over 5,900 buildings and 2,204 homes and New South Wales has declared a state of emergency. Currently, the fires in the region are still raging out of control – fueled by prolonged drought conditions in the region and record-breaking temperatures.
Regions in New South Wales Hit by Brush-fires
Following are the regions of New South Wales currently ravaged by brush-fires:
- North Coast: On September 6, the northern regions of the North Coast ignited. Fires such as the Long Gully Road fire located near Drake caused the death of two people and destroyed 43 homes. The Mount McKenzie Road fire raged across the southern parts of Tenterfield destroying one residence, damaging four homes, and injuring one person. The Bees Nest fire located near Ebor destroyed seven houses.
- Mid North Coast: On October 26 an electrical storm caused the Crestwood fire. In an effort to fight the fire, water bombers arrived and a back burn was started. Sadly, the weather conditions shifted and pushed the back burn until it was also burning out of control. Another fire in the area also sprang up. Overall, the three fires burned 11,1210 acres. In the same area, the Stockyard Creek Fire burned together with the Coombes Gap fire to form a massive blaze. It burned 98,842 acres killing three people and destroying several homes. A fire near Cattai Wetlands started October 38th and ended up killing one person at Johns River while burning 29,653 acres and destroying homes. Several other fires also started in the area burning an additional 77,260 acres.
- Dingo Tops National Park: A fire started small at the Dingo Tops National Park but quickly grew to become a threat to the village of Bobin. The Bobin Public school and fourteen homes suffered destruction.
Additional fires continue to burn, merge with other fires, and spread throughout New South Wales and other areas of Australia. The situation has become a global catastrophe with no end in sight.
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