Fires in New South Wales, Australia – September 2nd, 2009
Several wildfires are burning both along the coast and inland in New South Wales, Australia. In the main image, several blazes can be seen in the upper left quadrant, in the dark green, mountainous and heavily forested area that is part of several national parks.
The fires along the coast, on the other hand, are spaced further apart and blow long, curved plumes of smoke east-northeastward over the Pacific Ocean. The coastal blaze near the bottom is close to Port Stephens, while the other above is near Tuncurry. The complementary image focuses on two other coastal fires further south.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service reports that fire crews are fighting two fires on New South Wales’ south coast which are believed to have been deliberately lit. Fires in the Murramarang National Park near Kioloa appear to have been lit along a fire trail yesterday afternoon.
Variable weather conditions and rapidly changing wind direction are causing problems for fire fighters battling the blazes. Crews and helicopters are still trying to bring under control a fire which has burnt nearly 3,000 hectares of bushland south of Uladulla.