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    Australia - NSW - Worst bushfire days in years.

    Live blog: Emergency warnings in place for New South Wales bushfires

    An unknown number of homes have been lost as New South Wales suffers one of its worst bushfire days in years.

    Emergency warnings have been issued for bushfires burning out of control near Lithgow, Wollongong, Newcastle, Muswellbrook, Wyong and the Blue Mountains.

    Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says "if we get through with less than 100 homes destroyed today, we have been lucky".

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-1...rgency/5028762

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    Emergency warnings are in place for fires:

    •burning in the direction of Mt Tomah and near Oaky Park, Morts Estate, Clarence, Dargan, Doctors Gap and Hartley near Lithgow
    •near Hank Street in the Heatherbrae area in Newcastle
    •near the villages of Balmoral, Yanderra and Bargo north west of Wollongong
    •around Springwood in the Blue Mountains
    •in the areas of Hungerford Creek and Blackjack Mountain near Muswellbrook
    •near Ruttleys Road north of Wyong

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-1...rgency/5028762

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    Blue Mountains -
    Have had one powercut today -
    Just watching a helicopter circling in and out of the smoke now coming over the Blue Mountains from some of the fires in Blackheath area (I presume). I'm OK, and keeping an eye out. Thanks for the updates Marlywings.

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    NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell is speaking at the RFS Headquarters at Lidcombe.

    "It's suspected that by the time we've finished counting it will at least be in the hundreds," Mr O'Farrell says of the homes lost.

    "These conditions are not going to be over quickly ... It will take days ... I suspect if we get through that without the loss of life we should all thank God for miracles."

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/latest-nsw...#ixzz2hxtPNS1N

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    7:10pm: RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said:

    ‘‘This is as bad as it gets. You’re talking people losing everything they own. You’re talking key community infrastructure being destroyed by fire today. You’re talking massive dislocation to arterial roads and transport corridors.

    "We haven’t even taken an assessment yet of the utilities that have been damaged or destroyed. There’s talk of water treatment centres, there’s talk of power-line infrastructure."

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/latest-nsw...#ixzz2hxthQDBy

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    Stay safe all our friends in the area! We'll keep track of you all through here!
    L K out L K out, there are catterpillars about!

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    I have family preparing to evacuate now. This is scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fruity View Post
    I have family preparing to evacuate now. This is scary.
    Oh fruity I hope they're all OK xo
    L K out L K out, there are catterpillars about!

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    I just spoke to them, they're walking out the door as I type this. I feel sick in the stomach.

    Please pray that they are able to stay safe. The house is insured and can be replaced, although it would still be devastating.

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    We'll send our positive thoughts and prayers to yours, and all the people affected by the fires, fruity.



    So glad that you are okay, FigTree.

    Let's hope that everyone gets through this without loss of life.


    We had amazing strong, hot winds blowing all day yesterday, and were on high fire alert, police patrolling the hills and outskirts - keeping their presence high to deter those firebugs out there. Then last night some cooling rains came in. I'm hoping for cooling rains for NSW too.
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    9:06pm: Such amazing stories from the fire grounds around NSW.

    Among them - Fire and Rescue NSW officers had to shelter on the beach due to a dangerous ember attack at Catherine Hill Bay, near Wyong.

    Thankfully they are all safe - and back fighting the blaze

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/latest-nsw...017-2vo14.html

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    9:29pm:

    Blue Mtns friends have been leaving tubs of water in their backyards. One went out to check and found two koalas chilling in the water!

    — Binnsy (@binnsy) October 17, 2013
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/latest-nsw...017-2vo14.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by marlywings View Post
    9:29pm:

    Blue Mtns friends have been leaving tubs of water in their backyards. One went out to check and found two koalas chilling in the water!

    Binnsy (@binnsy) October 17, 2013
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/latest-nsw...017-2vo14.html

    Awww ... so thoughtful. Loss of life in any form is too sad for words. So glad that some are doing what they can for the wildlife.
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    9:32pm: In that vein ...

    WIRES, the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue & Education Service, says if you rescue an animal that has been burnt, wrap it loosely, place it in a cardboard box, keep it in a dark, quiet and warm place. Then call them on 13000WIRES for further advice.

    9:33pm: Speaking on ABC24, Police and Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher said the full devastation wouldn't be known until daybreak.


    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/latest-nsw...#ixzz2hyZBeDtK

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    Thousands of people have been evacuated as emergency warnings are in place for bushfires burning out of control near Lithgow and the Blue Mountains, Muswellbrook, Newcastle and Wyong.

    A cooler front is passing through the state, but not before temperatures hit the mid-30s and wind gusts reached 90kph earlier today.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/

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