Why is Australia still fighting the bushfires?
The bushfires that have raged across parts of New South Wales and Victoria since early May are burning for weeks, and are taking a toll on residents across the state.
Here are some key takeaways from a new report on the state’s bushfire crisis.
1:30: What is a bushfire?
1:35: ‘My life is on the line’ A wildfire burns near a house in New South the day after it was declared a major blaze by the Bureau of Meteorology.
The blaze was put out by about 9:00am, while residents were evacuated in a state of emergency declared by the federal government on Friday.
2:00: ‘It is so bad we’re seeing people being evacuated’ New South resident Stephanie Mowatt said she was still waiting for the evacuation order to be lifted, despite having received notification she had been declared a fire danger.
“The situation is still bad.
I’ve got a couple of families that have lost their homes, their possessions, their pets,” she told ABC Local Radio.
“I’ve just been so frustrated, because the whole thing is just getting worse.” “
3:40: ‘This is just like a war zone’ One person, who is not named, told the ABC the bush fires are “just like a real war zone”. “
I’ve just been so frustrated, because the whole thing is just getting worse.”
3:40: ‘This is just like a war zone’ One person, who is not named, told the ABC the bush fires are “just like a real war zone”.
“It is a real tragedy, people have been killed, I’ve seen children, I have seen parents go through the bush,” he said.
“You can see it everywhere, it’s just so bad, and it’s getting worse every day.”
4:30, 7:00 and 10:00 A day after declaring a major fire, the Bureau confirmed more than 400 fires had been burning across New South Wines Plains and the Kimberley, with more than 4,300 hectares of bushland destroyed or threatened.
5:20: ‘I can’t think of anything worse’ Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the “very, very, very significant” number of homes had been destroyed in the state, while a total of 3,813 houses and businesses were destroyed or damaged in the Kimberly, where more than 1,200 homes and businesses have been destroyed.
6:00, 10:30 and 14:00 ‘It’s an incredible challenge’ New Caledonia’s Minister for Agriculture David McNeil said the bush fire situation had been “a massive challenge” and he was urging the federal Government to take immediate action.
“It’s really difficult to put a number on the number of properties that have been damaged or destroyed, but I can tell you the situation is dire,” he told the Nine Network.
9:45am: ‘We’ve lost everything’: The fire brigade has been overwhelmed by the bush blaze response in New Caldonia, which has seen more than 40 fires burning across the area.
A wildfire burns in a field in New Sclas.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen In a statement, Mr McNeil thanked the fire service for their efforts and said the Government was working with the state and other federal departments to assist communities in recovering from the fires.
9:30am: Residents and businesses evacuated ‘at their own peril’ Some residents in the city of Newcastle have been evacuated by firefighting teams.
Melbourne’s fire service has also urged people to be on the lookout for fire engines and aircraft in the Newcastle region.
10:00 a.m.: ‘No end in sight’ Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that the bush region will be under a state-wide state of state of siege until Friday evening, with the bush burning continuing for several days.
“If you can’t move now, then you have no option but to wait for an end to this crisis,” Mr Andrews told a press conference on Saturday.
The fire will not be brought under control until Friday night and is expected to consume more than 30,000 hectares, according to the Premier.
2:00 p.m.: ‘People are running away’ In Melbourne, residents have been urged to leave their homes and homes will be evacuated if they cannot move immediately.
In Sydney, authorities are also urging people to move away from the Sydney CBD and the area surrounding it. 11:00pm: ‘You can’t imagine what this is like’ In Canberra, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged people not to be complacent.
He said the State Government will remain committed to keeping people safe and will not “give up” until everyone has been safely evacuated.
7:30 p. m.: ‘I am just so sad’: A young man walks through