Monday, 19 March 2018

Dozens of homes ruined in Australia's southeast bushfires

Dozens of homes have been destroyed by fire in Australia's southeast, although there have been no reports of injuries.
The worst hit is the New South Wales seaside town of Tathra, where more than 70 homes and businesses have been severely damaged or destroyed.

Many residents were evacuated to Bega, a town around 10 miles away.

The fire burnt some buildings to the ground while leaving their neighbours unscathed, showing its unpredictability.

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told ABC Radio Sydney: "The wind is like a blowtorch effect to wherever that ember lands in, and it ignites very quickly and fire spreads very rapidly.

"When it's in and around buildings and people's homes, the devastation and destruction is obvious, and it's awful."

Mr Fitzsimmons said winds in Bega of 50-70km/h and gusts of up to 90km/h also spread the fire "very rapidly".

More than 100 firefighters and three aircraft were working on the fire on Monday but many of the fires are now under control and there have been no serious injuries reported.
The fires come amid record temperatures in the late 30s along the New South Wales coast, with Ulladulla and Albion Park, further north, hitting 38C and 39.5C respectively.

BBC         News.