The eastern provinces of Australia, Queensland and New South Wales, declared a state of emergency on Monday due to the heavy forest fires. The wildfires are expected to become even heavier in the coming days. Since Friday, three people have died in the fires and more than 150 homes have been destroyed.
The state of emergency remains in force for seven days. Due to the state of emergency, firefighters can force evacuations, close roads and close facilities if necessary in the fight against fires. An alarm and verbal warning must be played every hour on radio and television via a warning network.
The fire brigade in New South Wales warned on Sunday that the fires on Tuesday could be even more dangerous. Due to limited resources, not all people in need of assistance may be able to be helped.
Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, was also threatened by fires at the weekend, but so far managed to get off the dance. The city with over 4.5 million inhabitants is surrounded by dry bush savannah.
From the neighboring province of Victoria, four hundred additional firefighters with fifty vehicles come to New South Wales to assist the local emergency services. Rescue workers try to remove large animals from dangerous areas. On Friday, 350 koalas were apparently killed as a result of the fires.
Forest fires due to dry winter
Forest fires are not uncommon in Australia, but due to a particularly dry winter, the country is seeing more fires than usual for this time of year. The fire department thinks that in the Australian summer months of December, January and February, the fires can still increase.
On Friday, the Australian authorities issued a record number of seventeen emergency warnings for forest fires in a single day. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Twitter on Saturday that the fires are "terrifying" and that the government is doing its best to help the people.
The federal Australian government states that forest fires are not related to climate change. This to the great anger of the mayors of cities threatened by fire, ABC reports .
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