Major bushfires are still raging in parts of Australia with residents being forced to flee, and more ferocious conditions are tipped to hit soon.
November 18, 2019 7:08AM
Last updated November 18, 2019 7:59AM AEDT
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Another week of severe fire conditions are tipped in NSW and Queensland and residents are being told to leave their homes as Australia’s unprecedented bushfires enter a second week.
The RFS in NSW has revealed the latest figures showing the devastating cost of the state’s bushfires.
It revealed in a tweet this morning that, in the past fortnight, 421 homes have been destroyed.
Around 2000 homes have been spared. Already this fire season, six lives have been lost and 530 homes destroyed.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services says that although Fire Danger Ratings have eased this morning, there are still more than 70 fires still burning across the state.
In the past hour the service has issued “leave now” warnings for residents and campers on parts of Moreton Island which are being affected by the Cowan bushfire.
In NSW, the RFS has revealed at around 10pm last night that there were 54 fires burning across the state, with 23 still to be contained.
Firefighters in NSW are bracing for another week of severe fire conditions.
Temperatures into the 40s combined with strong, dry winds would likely prompt widespread severe danger across the state in the days ahead, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said on Sunday.
“We are expecting to see a worsening of conditions, particularly as we start heading into Tuesday and then continuing through Wednesday and Thursday again,” he told reporters.
More than 1500 firefighters were battling blazes from the outskirts of Sydney right up to the Queensland border on Sunday.
“(They’re) doing their best to try and secure as much as they can ahead of those worsening conditions,” Mr Fitzsimmons said.
On Sunday evening, five fires in NSW were classed as “watch and act” with 35 of 62 fires burning yet to be contained.