Saturday in New South Wales to be “tough day” for firefighters

Projected fire spread December 21, 2019
Projected fire spread December 21, 2019. NSW RFS.

From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

“Today is going to be a tough day,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said Saturday morning.

He said temperatures are expected to soar above 40C, humidity is predicted to drop below 10 per cent and there will be average winds of 30 to 40 kilometers, with gusts of up to 75 kilometers per hour.

“That’s obviously going to be very dangerous in areas where we have active fires.”

He said there are already “significant fires burning” in the Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Southern Ranges areas where the catastrophic fire ratings were issued.

“We can’t guarantee that every time someone wants a fire truck, we can’t get one there. Don’t expect a plane to be overhead straight away and don’t expect a helicopter. Don’t wait for a warning. Think about what you are going to do if you are in the path of the fires.”

The RFS said conditions will deteriorate around lunch time and if anyone is planning on leaving or moving around, they should do so before midday.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.