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NSW bushfires: up to 20 properties lost in Blue Mountains fires near Sydney as extreme heat looms – live

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Gospers Mountain megafire burns outside Sydney while fires also threaten in Western Australia, with temperatures expected to rise well above 40C in several states later in the week 1.42am GMT Jon Russell, a volunteer fire brigade captain from the Northern Beaches, has spent the night out at the Gospers Mountain fire where backburning operations went out of control and took out up to 20 properties.“We’d been told properties had come under attack, that this fire had just gathered momentum,” he said. 1.31am GMT Australia is facing a massive rethink on how it prepares for long-term bushfires and air pollution, my colleague Melissa Davey reports.David Bowman, the director of the Fire Centre at the University of Tasmania’s school of natural sciences, says it’s too late to call for action to prevent climate change and that people affected by smoke inhalation from fires should demand moves to adapt to it, such as retrofitting houses to make them heat and smoke-proof. Continue reading…



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Publish date : 2019-12-16 01:42:02

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