30 bushfires remain uncontrolled in high heat and winds. Dozens to hundreds of homes feared lost.
I'm so sorry to hear the news. We will be praying for wisdom for those who are there or have loved ones in the area. For safety, rain and for the winds to die down.
Once again I am reminded that I don't have any problems in comparison to what so many others are having to face.
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The fires are east of me (Lithgow)and travelling east into the Great Dividing Range. The fire is travelling through dense bush in extremely an mountainous area pushed by 90kph winds. Dozens of homes have been destroyed and the fire has destroyed thousands of acres of bush. The photo above was taken the first night and is of Lithgow. This is a concern as we have not started our summer as yet, still in spring and the hot weather is yet to arrive. There are a reported 60 fires burning in New South Wales at this time all over the state. New fires are starting with embers being blown ahead of the fire front sometimes travelling miles ahead carried by the wind. People are still not allowed to see if they have anything left of their homes as it is still too dangerous at this time. I am on standby at this time to assist if required.
We too are thinking of our fellow Australians, families & friends that live in this region of New South Wales. We have family around Camden. Our thoughts and best wishes are with them all. We have just heard on the radio the first confirmed loss of life. So sad indeed.
The general discussion here is also around that this is only spring and the hot summer weather has not yet arrived. The Adelaide Hills are very green, but as the weather warms they will be full of dense undergrowth. I hope our CFS ignores the "greenies" and start burning off the fuel as they see fit.
About as bad as we've had it here in the states. Sometimes I wonder if "someone" isn't trying to tell us something....In addition to the human losses, I also feel for the poor animals who often have no where to go and those who do escape have a tough time surviving.
The gentleman who died was defending his home and suffered a heart attack. Several firefighters are in Concord Hospital Burns Unit with burns suffered to faces and hands.
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I am in Lithgow and, whilst we are no longer threatened by the fires, we are covered in thick smoke with ash falling. It is a still day here today, unlike yesterday with its very strong winds. The fire moved east into the lower Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Many houses have been lost some belong to friends/work colleges.
My brother and sister-in-law are volunteers with the Rural Fire Service and are fighting fires.
Both main roads over the mountains to Lithgow are shut as is the rail line ( glad I am on holidays ).
Although it is less windy and cooler things are, still, not looking good in the Blue Mountains.
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.
Glad to see you are OK.
I have been working in Lithgow on and off for the past few days, not fun at all. I will probably be moving further down the mountain as the fire moves towards the east.
Keep safe mate!
Saw the BBC world news last night with a segment on the fires. Showed the smoke moving in over Sydney, talked about the Blue Mountains and showed a couple of the house's that burnt.
Latest report is 193 homes burnt so far in the blue mountains district.