The Australian fire brigade fears that it will take weeks to put out the great natural fire that is raging at Sydney, the largest city in the country. The state of New South Wales, where Sydney is located, is struggling with a hundred large fires and the situation is expected to get worse.
The sky above the city turns orange during the day due to smoke and flying ash, which has been ravaging the city for a week. North of Sydney, an area of 3,350 square kilometers is on fire, about the same size as the province of South Holland.
Because of the toxins in the air above Sydney, commuters are advised to wear special masks. People who work in the open air are advised to stay at home.
Although the wind and heat will decrease slightly on Saturday, according to the head of the fire department in New South Wales it will still be a "tough day for everyone".
The Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland have been struggling with exceptionally severe wildfires since November. Four people were killed and more than 680 homes were destroyed.
Burning more extreme than usual 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 believes that the fires can still increase in the Australian summer months of December, January and February.
Now that the summer in Australia has only just begun, the fires are expected to get worse. The fires around Sydney may go more to the east, a densely populated area.
64Sydney ravaged by smoke and ash due to 'gigantic blaze'