Fire in Australia's New South Wales threatens homes
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 00:53
Jan. 19 - An emergency warning is in place for a fire burning out of control in the Australian state of New South Wales. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Authorities issued an emergency warning for a fire burning out of control in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) on Sunday (January 19), advising residents to leave the area.
Fire-fighters battled the flames and tried to save properties as the fire moved towards Carabost, a town located about half way between Sydney and Melbourne.
The fire had burned an area as large as 8,000 hectares by Sunday afternoon, the NSW Rural Fire Service said in a written statement, adding that it was "burning quickly and erratically".
Fire crews confirmed that at least three homes had been lost. However, the number could rise as they continue to assess further losses in the area.
Extreme heat and high winds have fanned dozens of bushfires across Australia for the past few days, forcing hundreds to flee their homes in some of the worst conditions seen since Black Saturday in 2009.
Milder temperatures brought relief to the states of South Australia and Victoria on Sunday, enabling fire-fighters to get the upper hand.
Australia's south and south-east have been in the grip of a heatwave for nearly a week, with climate experts warning of even longer and hotter heatwaves to come, raising questions about its long-term position as an agricultural powerhouse.
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