Bushfire threatens residents in Australia's New South Wales

2013-01-08 06:18:10 GMT2013-01-08 14:18:10(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English
Residents of Australia's New South Wales (NSW) are being warned of the worst fire danger they have ever faced, with "catastrophic" fire conditions forecast in some areas of the state, local media reported on Tuesday. A total statewide fire ban is in place, while conditions in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Ranges are rated as " catastrophic", according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports. Temperatures in many other areas are expected to reach extremely dangerous levels, with more than 40 degrees predicted in most parts of the state, including Sydney. There are more than 20 uncontrolled fires that are burning across NSW as thousands of firefighters remain on standby facing some of the worst fire threats in the state's history. An emergency warning was issued for residents of the town of Carlaminda in southern NSW on Tuesday morning, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said. "The bush fire is burning near the Mount Forest Road, Carlaminda area and is currently impacting on properties," the RFS said in its major fire updates on Tuesday. "It is now too late to leave. People in the area of Mount Forest Road, Carlaminda should shelter in place as the fire impacts," the RFS advised.
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