Thousands of firefighters work tirelessly because catastrophic conditions threaten homes and lives in eastern Australia, including front-line women in what was once considered male only.
There are more than 70 fires in New South Wales and Queensland, with up to 20,000 firefighters fighting to prevent them from spreading.
National fire brigade commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons warned of the danger of coming morning on the NSW mid-north coast, with unpredictable winds that are expected to feed the flames.
& # 39; It is very dangerous for active firegrounds, & # 39; he said, emphasizing the danger of sudden wind changes.
& # 39; Historically, when men were the only firemen, it became the & # 39; dead man zone & # 39; named because historically too many firefighters were killed on the northern flanks of fires in wind changes. & # 39;
Among the women on the front line is 24-year-old Amy Pickersgill, an environmental scientist who is fighting a fire in Port Macquarie, on the northwest coast of the NSW.
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The 24-year-old Amy Pickersgill (photo) is an environmental scientist who is fighting a fire in Port Macquarie, on the northwest coast of the NSW
Thousands of firefighters work tirelessly due to catastrophic conditions that threaten parts of the country, including women who are on the front line
Mrs. Pickersgill (photo) has posted images on Instagram from the front line, showing how dangerous she is getting near the fire
There are more than 70 fires in New South Wales and Queensland with up to 20,000 firefighters trying to prevent them from spreading, including Mrs. Pickersgill (photo)
Mrs. Pickersgill posted a series of images and video on Instagram from the front line.
Another woman, Katherine Robinson-Williams, is fighting the flames in Taree.
Mrs. Robinson-Williams, who is 13 weeks pregnant, went to Instagram to defend her decision to fight the flames and said she & # 39; refuses to stay behind & # 39; while the fires continue to rage.
& # 39; For all women who are now on the ground in NSW. We are together, we are proud! Yes, I am a fireman, & she wrote on Sunday.
& # 39; No, I am not a man. Yes, I am a woman. Yes I am pregnant. Yes, I'm going to the fire. And yes I will. No, I'm not left alone. No, I don't care if you don't like it. & # 39;
& # 39; THIS IS MY STATE IN FLAMES! I love my country I love my friends. And if that means I'm needed on the spot. Then I will always pave the way. & # 39;
Katherine Robinson-Williams (photo) fights on the front line despite being 13 weeks pregnant
& # 39; For all women who are now on the ground in NSW. We are together, we are proud! Yes, I am a fireman, & Mrs. Robinson-Williams wrote
Angel Newcombe has been a volunteer firefighter with the Rural Fire Service for 13 years and says it is one of the best and most satisfying & # 39; things she has done.
She currently works for the South Bowenfels Brigade at the service of the community in Lithgow in the Central Tablelands of NSW.
Kelly Michelle is also a volunteer for the Heathcote Rural Fire Service in southern Sydney and has posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday.
& # 39; Prepared if we are needed, & # 39; placed them next to a uniform image.
Those who fight the fires in the north of NSW will be on their toes until well into the night, with the strong wind expected to reach Taree and the surrounding areas around midnight.
Angel Newcombe (photo) has been a volunteer firefighter at the Rural Fire Service for 13 years and says it is one of the best and most satisfying & # 39; things she has done
Kelly Michelle (photo right) is also a volunteer for the Heathcote Rural Fire Service in the south of Sydney and posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday
Tuesday at 7 p.m. more than 70 fires burned in both NSW and Queensland with up to 20,000 firefighters trying to prevent them from spreading
On Tuesday at 7 p.m., more than 70 fires burned in both NSW and Queensland, with up to 20,000 firefighters trying to prevent them from spreading, and the army prepared to use helicopters to evacuate residents whose lives are in danger.
Thousands of residents on the northwest coast of NSW have already been told that it is too late to leave their homes.
NSW RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons urged residents to remain vigilant.
& # 39; We've had fires on the north coast, new fires in other parts of New South Wales, including the Greater Sydney area, he told reporters just after 5:30 pm on Tuesday.
& # 39; We need people who remain vigilant and act in accordance with their plan and any guidelines from the authorities. We still have many hours of these strong dry winds to dominate and influence weather and fire behavior.
The shirts off their backs: the three men managed to extinguish the majority of this fire, but know that there is more to come
On hold: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured on RFS HQ on Monday) officially declared a seven-day state of emergency – as fire commanders warned that the heroes are too dangerous to extinguish
Residents in Sydney and NSW face Tuesday with & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; because the temperatures are expected to make forest fires worse. Pictured: Firefighters tackle forest fires in Taree, 350 km north of Sydney on Saturday
& # 39; We still have the southern change that is expected to come through later tonight, over the fire pit that is still burning in northern New South Wales. We keep a close eye on the fire north of Hawkesbury, in the north of the Hawkesbury area, and enter Putty Road. It develops a fairly significant column of smoke, so we are aware of the potential for that fire to continue to burn and burn aggressively for some time. & # 39;
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has a & # 39; state of emergency & # 39; announced and has handed over the management of the forest fires to the national fire brigade.
What does a state of emergency mean?
In an emergency, emergency workers can:
Let the public evacuate an area or do not enter an area
Order power and gas supply to be cut off
Build buildings up or down
Enter buildings to facilitate the exercise of these powers.
As part of this movement, RFS officers can force people to evacuate in risk areas, even if they want to stay and defend their homes.
Sydneysiders woke up for a smoky but peaceful morning with two infernos – one in the Hawkesbury and another in the Blue Mountains – under control.
But firefighters warned of complacency and said the fires are likely to spread throughout the day, potentially threatening 100,000 homes in the port city.
& # 39; The reality is that the circumstances will just get worse and worse in the coming hours & # 39 ;, Fitzsimmons said.
& # 39; They will continue to strengthen and build for the transition from that cold front moving through the state.
& # 39; Later today, we expect the southern countries to influence and drive the coastal strip like a southern breaker, and more south-west south over the mountain ranges and further inland. & # 39;
Warning: Fire bosses warned of complacency and said the fires are likely to spread throughout the day. Pictured: a fire near Taree, mid New South Wales on Monday
Destruction: an aerial view shows burned forest near Port Macquarie, with some orange trees and others turned into ash
While a cool change is normally seen as good news, meteorologist Rob Sharpe explained the dangers to Sky News.
& # 39; Fires burning near the coast will become extremely dangerous if the change arrives if the edge of fire suddenly becomes the fire front & # 39 ;, Sharpe said.
& # 39; We noticed that at 9 o'clock the cool change exceeded the Victorian and NSW limits just before the forecast.
Adding the pain for firefighters and residents at risk is a clear lack of rain on the horizon in the coming days.
Civil servants have advised people to evacuate while they can say that emergency services cannot save everyone. Pictured: Flames entering a residential street on Friday in Harrington, on the Mid North Coast
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