Australia ‘Mega Fire’

October 21, 2013 by  

Australia ‘Mega Fire’, Firefighters are trying to tame an enormous bushfire in southeastern Australia which could merge with other blazes to create a “mega-fire” if weather conditions worsen.

Crews have been battling fires that flared in high winds and searing heat across the state of New South Wales last week, destroying 200 homes and leaving many others damaged.

While dozens of blazes have been contained, 58 were still alight and 14 of them out of control, enveloping Sydney in a thick white smoke haze that prompted warnings for people to stay indoors and avoid exercising.

The main area of concern was near the town of Lithgow, west of Sydney, where a huge fire that has already burned nearly 155 square miles (99,000 acres) was threatening the communities of Bilpin, Bell, Clarence and Dargan.

Tea cups sit on a letterbox at a home destroyed by bushfire
Officials fear intensifying heat and winds this week could push it into another blaze at nearby Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains and then move towards the populated areas of Katoomba and Leura.

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