Thousands Evacuated due to Bushfires in NSW
Posted by feww on September 10, 2013
Bushfires threaten Sydney’s western suburbs
Wildfires destroy homes, injure fire crews and force mass evacuations in west Sydney.
At least 59 bush and grassfires are raging across New South Wales (NSW), including 40 uncontained blazes, with more than 500 firefighters and 200 fire engines on the ground, said NSW Premier.
The fires have forced the authorities to evacuate scores of homes and a University of Western Sydney (UWS) campus following a power outage that affected the entire Richmond area.
Additionally, more than 300 students from St Paul’s Grammar School In Castlereagh were evacuated to Penrith’s Whitewater Park after an emergency warning was issued for a fire threatening properties on nearby Devlin Street, said a report.
Intense heat from a wildfire sets a truck on fire near Londonderry Road, West Sydney. Photo credit: Nick Moir/ via the Age.
The heat was so intense firefighters were forced to abandon their trucks when they became surrounded by bushfires in Sydney’s western suburbs, said a report.
The bushfire season has come early to Sydney area, with out-of-control fires devouring the city’s west, reports said.