According to numerous reports Tuesday morning local time, rapidly spreading bushfires in northeast Victoria are forcing residents and campers in the Mallacoota area to evacuate the town and take refuge on the coast. Approximately 4,000 to 5,000 people are hunkering down at the beach as a fire approaches the community.
Heavy smoke and huge pyrocumulus clouds created by the fires are putting Mallacoota in near darkness hours after the sun rose Tuesday, December 31.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is streaming live news.
Pyrocumulonimbus over the bushfires in New South Wales appears to extend well out over the Pacific Ocean.
Australia wildfire experts: How unusual is the recent fire activity in NSW and Victoria? https://t.co/4DcJJhDdHQ
— Wildfire Today ? (@wildfiretoday) December 31, 2019