More Than A Million Hectares Of Land Consumed By NSW Bushfires
Firefighters dealt with hundreds of new fires across the country on Tuesday, as parts of NSW endured "catastrophic" conditions.
Authorities have warned the bushfire threat is not over as a southerly wind change sweeps across the state.
More than a million hectares of land has been consumed by the NSW bushfires so far, with at least 12 homes damaged or destroyed.
A number of firefighters were injured in Tuesday's fight, but none are in a life-threatening condition, and there were no people missing, RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.
The bushfires have so far claimed three lives and destroyed at least 150 homes.
In a fortunate turn of events, heavy smoke provided insulation from strong winds moving across the Northern Tablelands and meant several fires did not flare up as much as feared, Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
Some residents from endangered communities across the country were told to evacuate as a precaution.
The fires in NSW and Queensland also led to hundreds of school, TAFE and business closures.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IMPACTED BY THE BUSHFIRES click here.
INFORMATION ON THE 'FIRES NEAR ME' App click here.
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The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is encouraging residents in warning areas to download the 'Fires Near Me' app and monitor the RFS website for updates.
People are also being urged to prepare by developing a bushfire action plan, listen to the instructions of emergency personnel and leave their properties as early as possible.
RFS NSW Website: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information
RFS QLD Website: https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx
Emergency assistance phone numbers:
000 -- life-threatening emergencies for Fire, Ambulance and Police.
1800 679 737-- RFS NSW Bush Fire Information Line
QLD RFS phone contacts here.
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