State of emergency declared as bushfires rage in Australia
A state of emergency has been declared as bushfires scorch large swathes of the Australian state of New South Wales.
Hundreds of people have been left homeless by the blaze, which is expected to intensify in the coming days as strong winds and soaring temperatures are forecast to fan the flames.
Officials say nearly 60 blazes have scorched more than 11-hundred square kilometers of land.
Around a dozen fires are still out of control.
"We are seeing warm conditions, so very hot days, very strong winds. We have firefighters coming from all around the state, but the size of the fires we have at the moment are that big, some of them traveling 30 kilometers in one day, it's very hard for us to contain those fires quickly."
The cause of the fires remains unclear, but officials are looking into a blaze near the city of Lithgow to see if it was caused by a military training exercise.
Officials say a total fire ban has been issued for the Greater Sydney region, meaning all fire permits are suspended and no fires can be lit in a public place.
Authorities have advised nearby communities to consider evacuating ahead of the worsening weather conditions.
Over 13-hundred firefighters were tackling the blaze on Sunday evening and at least one death has been reported.
The Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, is one of the worst-affected areas with many fires still raging out of control.
Officials have warned three of the main fires could combine into one huge bushfire in the next few days and could possibly threaten Sydney.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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