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Fire Near Sydney, Australia

33.8S 151.2E

April 2nd, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – April 2nd, 2013

A large, white plume of smoke from a wildfire blazing in a forest near the city of Sydney (visible as a tan area by the coast), in New South Wales, Australia, fans out as it blows southeastward. Earlier this year, the region was stricken with fires due to soaring temperatures, a lack of rain and high winds.

Fires Threaten Pilliga Nature Reserve, Australia

30.9S 149.4E

January 19th, 2013 Category: Fires

Australia – January 17th, 2013

The Pilliga Nature Reserve in New South Wales, Australia, is under threat of fire. Here, a large fires can be seen burning in the southern part of the forest, with at least two others fires visible further towards center of the woodlands.

A bushfire burning out of control near Coonabarabran has jumped the Newell Highway, threatening areas of the Pilliga Nature Reserve, says the Rural Fire Service (RFS). The Redbank North fire is burning 35km northeast of the town.

The State Forests of The Pilliga, commonly known as the Pilliga Scrub, constitute some 3000 km2 of semi-arid woodland in temperate north-central New South Wales, Australia. It is the largest such continuous remnant in the state.

Fires in Australia Possibly Related to Man-Made Climate Change – January 17th, 2013

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January 17th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 12th, 2013

Though the searing heat moderated a bit in some coastal areas last week, a very hot air mass has been moving up the eastern seaboard of Australia. At least 141 separate fires were burning in New South Wales on Wednesday, 31 of them out of control. The Rural Fire Service reported it was a bad sign that the fires could not be contained during the brief drop in temperatures.

The fires have grown so large that they are plainly visible in satellite imagery. The intensity of the bushfires and the unrelenting heat prompted some climate scientists to decry what they see as public indifference to man-made climate change, which is widely seen as leading to more frequent extreme weather.

Searing Heat and Bush Fires Continue to Affect Australia – January 16th, 2013

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January 16th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 11th, 2013

Since early January, bush fires have been raging across some of the most populous parts of Australia, feeding off widespread drought conditions and high winds during the country’s hottest spring and summer on record. On Monday, Australia’s hottest day on record, the national average was 104.59 degrees Fahrenheit (over 40 degrees Celsius). Four months of record-breaking temperatures stretching back to September 2012 have produced what the government says are “catastrophic” fire conditions along the eastern and southeastern coasts of the country, where the majority of Australians live.

Firefighters struggled to contain huge bushfires in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, which have scorched around 500 square miles of forest and farmland since Tuesday. Fires on the island state of Tasmania off the country’s southern coast have destroyed more than 300 square miles since Friday. No confirmed deaths have been reported in connection with the fires, but about 100 people have been unaccounted for since a fire destroyed around 90 homes in Dunalley, Tasmania, last week. State agricultural officials say that tens of thousands of cattle and sheep are believed to have been killed in the fires, which have torn through some of the country’s most productive agricultural and farming regions.

Wildfires Near New South Wales Coast, Australia – January 10th, 2013

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January 10th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 9th, 2013

Hundreds of wildfires raged across southern Australia this week as the country suffered from its hottest days on record. Temperatures reached an all-time high on Monday, hitting a a nationwide average of 40.33 degrees Celsius (104.59 degrees Fahrenheit). The heat, dry conditions and strong winds have created perfect conditions for wildfires. Here, several blazes can be seen near the coast of New South Wales (click here for other images), although Tasmania and Victoria are also being affected.