Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Australia bushfires: Satellite images show blazes take hold, smoke billow across Pacific

Australia bushfires: Satellite images show blazes take hold, smoke billow across Pacific

Devastating bushfires across New South Wales have claimed two lives and with seven more people missing authorities expect the death toll to rise, as the blazes which have destroyed more than 150 homes continue to rage.

"It is a really volatile and very risky set of conditions that we're experiencing right across these fire reasons from New South Wales", New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons explained.

Vivian Chaplain, 69, died after a bushfire swept through Wytaliba.

"I was the last one to speak to her". She was in absolute panic.

Her thoughts were first and foremost with the families of those who had died and others who are missing, Ms Sparks said. There's fire everywhere. I need the boys here now'. "And I've got the picture of my mum".

The NSW Bureau of Meteorology said that there is "a high chance of warmer than average day time temperatures" from November to January. "She was unbelievable. She was such a strong, loving woman".

Throughout the central coast, smoke could possibly be seen billowing excessive into the sky and residents took to social media to put up images and movies of smoke-laden tangerine skies and flames engulfing storeys-tall eucalyptus within reach of their properties.

It previously said that many people have called for help but the size and speed of the fires means they can't get to everyone. "'The RFS can't get to her they are trying. the road down is a tunnel of fire".

Firefighters found another body on Saturday in a burned auto near Glen Innes, a victim of the same fire, officials said.

Another local, a man, was found dead in his burnt out vehicle near Wytaliba on Saturday morning.

Another person was found dead in a burnt-out home near Taree, the NSW police said.

The fires around Glen Innes have been downgraded to an act and watch level although they are still out of control.

RFS deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said firefighters dealt with "horrific" and "traumatic" scenes including helping residents suffering burns and heart attacks.

He says 16 firefighters are among the 35 people injured.

The mayor said the small community of about 100 people is in shock with five people having suffered burns.

But within an area spanning nearly 1,000 kilometres, schools were burned and at least 150 homes were destroyed, while authorities were forced to evacuate detention centres and old people's homes.

Forster is a town 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of Sydney, Australia's largest city.

Many people spent the night in evacuation centres while some slept in cars.

About 50 bushfires are also blazing in the neighboring state of Queensland.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says authorities are bracing for further bad news. His warning came before the third victim was confirmed.

The remains of a property destroyed by fire is seen in Bobin, Australia, 350 km north of Sydney, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, as firefighters try to contain dozens of out-of-control blazes that are raging in the state of New South Wales.

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