无极娱乐2housands of tourists fled 无极娱乐2ustralia’s wildfire无极娱乐2-ravaged eastern coast 无极娱乐2hursday ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on the shore further south.
无极娱乐2ooler weather since 无极娱乐2uesday has aided firefighting and allowed people to replenish supplies. 无极娱乐2ehicles formed long lines at gas stations and supermarkets, and traffic was gridlocked as highways reopened. 无极娱乐2ut fire conditions were expected to deteriorate 无极娱乐2aturday as high temperatures and strong winds return.
“无极娱乐2here is every potential that the conditions on 无极娱乐2aturday will be as bad or worse than we saw (on 无极娱乐2uesday),” 无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2outh 无极娱乐2ales 无极娱乐2ural 无极娱乐2ire 无极娱乐2ervice 无极娱乐2eputy 无极娱乐2ommissioner 无极娱乐2ob 无极娱乐2ogers said.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2: 无极娱乐2ilitary ships, aircraft deployed as 无极娱乐2ustralian wildfire death toll rises to 17
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2uthorities said 381 homes had been destroyed on the 无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2outh 无极娱乐2ales southern coast this week and at least eight people have died this week in the state and neighbouring 无极娱乐2ictoria, 无极娱乐2ustralia’s two most-populous states, where more than 200 fires are currently burning.
无极娱乐2ires have also been burning in 无极娱乐2estern 无极娱乐2ustralia, 无极娱乐2outh 无极娱乐2ustralia and 无极娱乐2asmania.
无极娱乐2he early and devastating start to 无极娱乐2ustralia’s summer wildfires has led authorities to rate this season the worst on record. 无极娱乐2bout 5 million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land have burned, at least 17 people have been killed and more than 1,400 homes have been destroyed.
无极娱乐2rime 无极娱乐2inster 无极娱乐2cott 无极娱乐2orrison said the crisis was likely to last for months.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2t will continue to go on until we can get some decent rain that can deal with some of the fires that have been burning for many, many months,” 无极娱乐2orrison told reporters on 无极娱乐2hursday.
无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2outh 无极娱乐2ales authorities on 无极娱乐2hursday morning ordered tourists to leave a 250-kilometre (155-mile) zone along the picturesque south coast. 无极娱乐2tate 无极娱乐2ransport 无极娱乐2inister 无极娱乐2ndrew 无极娱乐2onstance said it is the “largest mass relocation of people out of the region that we’ve ever seen.”
无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2outh 无极娱乐2ales premier 无极娱乐2ladys 无极娱乐2erejiklian declared a seven-day state of emergency starting 无极娱乐2riday, which grants the 无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2outh 无极娱乐2ales 无极娱乐2ural 无极娱乐2ire 无极娱乐2ervice commissioner more control and power.
无极娱乐2t’s the third state of emergency for 无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2outh 无极娱乐2ales in the past two months, after previously not being implemented since 2013.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2e don’t take these decisions lightly but we also want to make sure we’re taking every single precaution to be prepared for what could be a horrible day on 无极娱乐2aturday,” 无极娱乐2erejiklian said.
无极娱乐2 statewide total fire ban will be in place on 无极娱乐2riday and 无极娱乐2aturday.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2n 无极娱乐2ictoria, where 83 homes have burned this week, the military was helping thousands of people who fled to the shore as a wildfire threatened their homes 无极娱乐2uesday in the coastal town of 无极娱乐2allacoota. 无极娱乐2ood, water, fuel and medical expertise were being delivered and about 500 people were going to be evacuated from the town by a naval ship.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2e think around 3,000 tourists and 1,000 locals are there. 无极娱乐2ot all of those will want to leave, not all can get on the vessel at one time,” 无极娱乐2ictoria 无极娱乐2remier 无极娱乐2aniel 无极娱乐2ndrews told the 无极娱乐2ustralian 无极娱乐2roadcasting 无极娱乐2orporation.
无极娱乐2 contingent of 39 firefighters from the 无极娱乐2nited 无极娱乐2tates and 无极娱乐2anada landed in 无极娱乐2elbourne on 无极娱乐2hursday to help with the catastrophe.
无极娱乐2moke from the wildfires made the air quality in the national capital, 无极娱乐2anberra, the world’s worst in a ranking index 无极娱乐2hursday and was blowing into 无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2ealand.