Record number of fires in New South Wales
Australian authorities say an “unprecedented” number of emergency-level bushfires have threatened the state of New South Wales (NSW).
More than 90 blazes were raging across the state on Friday.
The fires – many in drought-affected areas – were being exacerbated by gusty winds and up to 35C heat.
“We are in uncharted territory,” said Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, adding that 15 blazes were at the highest threat level.
“We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level.”
Emergency warnings were also issued on Friday for bushfires burning in Queensland and Western Australia.
In NSW, the worst-hit state, crews have fought hundreds of fires since September. Last month, two people died while trying to protect their home.