Australia bushfires: Authorities steer massive evacuation drives; over 200 blazes reported in New South Wales, Victoria [Photos]

Firefighters hosing down embers to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales

FP Staff January 02, 2020 17:59:50 IST
Fueled by searing temperatures and high winds, more than 200 fires are now burning across the southeastern states of New South Wales and Victoria, threatening several towns. Firefighters hosing down embers to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. Getty Images
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Fueled by searing temperatures and high winds, more than 200 fires are now burning across the southeastern states of New South Wales and Victoria, threatening several towns. Firefighters hosing down embers to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. Getty Images
Skycrane used to drop water on a bushfire in scrub behind houses in Bundoora, Melbourne. New Year’s Eve fireworks in Australia’s capital and other cities have been canceled as the wildfire danger worsens in oppressive summer heat, and pressure was building for Sydney’s iconic celebrations to be similarly scrapped. AP
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Skycrane used to drop water on a bushfire in scrub behind houses in Bundoora, Melbourne. New Year’s Eve fireworks in Australia’s capital and other cities have been canceled as the wildfire danger worsens in oppressive summer heat, and pressure was building for Sydney’s iconic celebrations to be similarly scrapped. AP
The remains of a house destroyed by a bushfire are seen just outside Batemans Bay in New South Wales. Australia authorised the forced evacuation of residents amid a mass exodus of tourists from fire-ravaged coastal communities. Getty Images
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The remains of a house destroyed by a bushfire are seen just outside Batemans Bay in New South Wales. Australia authorised the forced evacuation of residents amid a mass exodus of tourists from fire-ravaged coastal communities. Getty Images
Vehicles gutted by bushfires are seen in the town of Lake Conjola in New South Wales. “We need everybody to leave. We are going to face a worse day on Saturday than what we have been through”, said NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance. Getty Images
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Vehicles gutted by bushfires are seen in the town of Lake Conjola in New South Wales. “We need everybody to leave. We are going to face a worse day on Saturday than what we have been through”, said NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance. Getty Images
A yellow light illuminates the sky as the sun sets over Akaroa Harbor as smoke from the Australian wildfires arrives on the east coast of the South Island, New Zealand. AP
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A yellow light illuminates the sky as the sun sets over Akaroa Harbor as smoke from the Australian wildfires arrives on the east coast of the South Island, New Zealand. AP
A pedestrian wears a mask as smoke shrouds the Australian capital of Canberra, Australia. More than 50,000 people were without power and some towns had no access to drinking water after catastrophic fires ripped through the region on 31 December sending the sky blood red and destroying towns. AP
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A pedestrian wears a mask as smoke shrouds the Australian capital of Canberra, Australia. More than 50,000 people were without power and some towns had no access to drinking water after catastrophic fires ripped through the region on 31 December sending the sky blood red and destroying towns. AP