New South Wales Blue Mountains fires could merge into one: Report

Last Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 17:31

Zee Media Bureau

New South Wales: Adding fuel to the concerns sparked by Australian bushfires across New South Wales, the fire commissioner has warned that three fires could merge into one, worsening the situation, reports said.

The BBC reported that three fires near Lithgow could merge into one, according to SW Rural Fire Services Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

"Modelling indicates that there`s every likelihood under the forecast weather conditions that these two fires, particularly up in the back end of the mountains will merge at some point... there is every likelihood that these two fires will join up," he said.

The official said that the State Mine fire could merge with the Mount Victoria fire, which could further join the fire at Springwood, causing a “worst-case scenario”.

However, he hoped that the extensive fire-fighting operations would help avoid that scenario.

The State Mine fire near Lithgow had burned nearly 40,000 hectares and was also being looked at with a serious concern.

A state of emergency was declared in New South Wales after dozens of bushfires kept blazing near Blue Mountains, with at least a dozen of fires being out of control.

The devastation caused by the bushfires could increase as the situation will worsen this week, with the fires peaking on Wednesday, the official said reportedly.

Several homes were likely lost in the fires across New South Wales, though the exact number was not known as conditions were too intense for firefighters to reach the hardest-hit areas Thursday night, state Rural Fire Service spokesman Matt Sun said.

IANS

First Published: Monday, October 21, 2013 - 08:45

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