Satellite images reveal the horrific scale of Australian bush flames
Dramatic satellite images have captured the horrific scale of the bushfire crisis in Australia, while parts of the country are flooded with smoke and flames or otherwise leave a charred ruin.
Images made by European weather satellites on New Year’s Eve show blazing around Batemans Bay and Milton, on the coast of New South Wales, and a huge area of burnt bushland west of Sydney.
It comes when the number of dead has risen to 17 – with eight dead in the last week alone, including a newlywed fireman who was crushed when a fire tornado turned over his 10-ton water truck.
Samuel McPaul, 28, was killed Monday as he fought a fire in Jingellic, on the border between the states of New South Wales and Victoria, when the fire caused strange winds toppled the vehicle he was in.
He leaves behind pregnant wife Megan, whom he married just 18 months before the accident, and who praised the firefighters who were with her husband on the day he died.
Australia is experiencing its worst burning season in the recent recollection, while flames lit by lightning and fueled by strange winds tearing through vegetation left tinder-dry by years of drought.
A satellite image taken over Batemans Bay in New South Wales on New Year’s Eve shows the cruelty of fires bursting through bushland through Australia, killing at least 17 people
An image of the Clyde Mountain Fire, currently burning near the town of Milton on the New South Wales coast, shows the extent of the devastation with a huge strip of black burned
Another area of bushland smears west of Sydney while firefighters struggle to contain hundreds of burning fires in Australia in the country’s worst burning season in the recent recollection
Samuel McPaul, 28, a fireman from New South Wales, was killed on Monday when freak turned over the 10-tonne water truck in which he was driving. He leaves behind pregnant wife Megan (together left and right), whom he married just 18 months ago
Hundreds of fires in five Australian states have burned a larger area than the Netherlands, killed at least 17 people, destroyed entire cities and stretched the fire brigade to the limit
Hundreds of fires in five states have seared an area larger than the Netherlands, destroyed entire cities and pushed the Australian fire brigade to the limit.
Emergency services warned Wednesday that the situation could deteriorate and urged people to evacuate affected areas as quickly as possible to ensure their safety.
It comes after about 4,000 tourists and locals got stuck on a beach in the state of Victoria, near the border with New South Wales, after ignoring a previous evacuation order.
National fire brigade commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons warned: “We get indications with the forecast for Saturday that it will present a wider geographic area worse than we saw yesterday.
“We must all prepare for more challenging circumstances.”
He said the fires would dominate a large area from the southeastern corner of NSW to Illawara and Shoalhaven.
Police said they would reopen the roads to Bateman’s Bay on Wednesday as the fire conditions improved. Some roads to the rest of the south coast are expected to reopen, allowing tourists to leave the area and return home.
Earlier on Wednesday, terrifying satellite images were captured took 760 km and conquered the size of the bushfire disaster in Australia.
The confronting satellite images were made from the SENTINEL-2 satellites that orbit the earth at an altitude of 786 km.
Mick Roberts, 67, was found dead Wednesday morning in his burn residence in Buchan
One image of the Clyde Mountain fire, 200 km south of Sydney, showed the extent of the damage that spans hundreds of kilometers, and offers a perspective on the enormous challenge that mainly volunteer firefighters face.
Although conditions on Wednesday moderated, giving the fire department a chance to control and extinguish a few fires, warm and windy conditions were expected on Saturday.
Another image showed the destruction of the fires in the coastal town of Batemans Bay early in the Wednesday morning as the fire spread further.
NSW Police has confirmed that a total of seven people have been killed and that two have not been reported since Monday in the fires on the south coast.
The deaths include dairy farmer Patrick Salway, 29, and his father Robert, 63, who died trying to save his property in Cobargo, near Bega.
The young father and volunteer firefighter Samuel McPaul, 28, was also one of the confirmed dead after being killed by a fire tornado.
A 70-year-old man was found dead Tuesday night outside a house in Yatte Yattah, west of Lake Conjola, while another man’s body was found in a burned vehicle on a road along the Princes Highway in Yatte Yattah Wednesday morning.
A man’s body was found in a vehicle on Wandra Road in Sussex Inlet around 11.30 am Wednesday, but still needs to be formally identified, while a seventh body was found outside a Coolagolite home, about 10 km east of Cobargo, on Wednesday.
Beloved great-grandfather Mick Roberts, 67, from Buchan, in East Gippsland, was found dead in his house on Wednesday morning.
The bushfire crisis in Australia at a glance
New South Wales:
– 15 lives lost, four in the last 24 hours
– Two people remain missing
– More than 100 forest fires burn
– 3.6 million hectares burned, larger than the size of Belgium
– confirmed 1087 houses destroyed
– More than 40 significant forest fires burn
– One person dead, four more missing
– More than 500,000 hectares burned
– 68 structures have been destroyed, but this number is expected to increase considerably
– More than 30 forest fires burning, seven of interest
– 8000 hectares burned
– Destroyed one house confirmed
– Two lives lost
– About 20 forest fires burn, seven of them
– More than 60,000 hectares burned
– More than 90 confirmed houses destroyed
– 7 forest fires burn
– 250,000 hectares burned
– 45 houses confirmed destroyed
– More than 40 forest fires burn, two of significance
– 1.2 million hectares burned
– Destroyed one house confirmed
A kangaroo can be seen moving from nearby forest fires in a residential complex near Nowra on the south coast of NSW
Firefighters are seen struggling against the strong wind that blows embers on them in an attempt to secure homes near forest fires on Tuesday
Meanwhile, a 72-year-old man is not responsible in Belowra, 50 km northwest of Cobargo.
A 70-year-old woman who was missing from Conjola Park was found alive on Wednesday.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons were in Batemans Bay and experienced the destruction first hand.
‘It is very difficult to comfort people when they have lost everything. We need to ensure that they are supported, “said Ms. Berejiklian.
“It is very difficult for those who have lost everything and people go through different stages of mourning and loss. And the only thing we can do is support them in every way possible. ”
Some communities have destroyed up to 80 percent of their homes and businesses.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said the death toll is expected to rise while the RFS analyzes the extent of the damage to the south coast.
“So we know that the damage caused everywhere in the southeastern corner of New South Wales is a heavy toll. And more importantly, we unfortunately also see the tragedy of lives that have been lost, “he said on Wednesday afternoon.
“As the Prime Minister has rightly stated, we must prepare for that number to climb with information that appears this afternoon.”
Business owner Sally Anne Wilson (left) is standing in front of her destroyed shop with her partner Christopher Lee in Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday 1 January 2020
A fireman who traces trees and flying embers in an attempt to secure nearby houses in Nowra on Tuesday
Smoke and flames rise from burning trees while forest fires hit the bushland around the small town of Nowra
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons are in Batemans Bay (photo) and experience the destruction first hand
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said the death toll is expected to rise while the RFS analyzes the extent of the damage to the south coast
Andrew Constance, the minister of Transport and Roads and a liberal member for Bega, was also in Batemans Bay and described Tuesday as a ‘beast of a day’.
“Yesterday morning the fire went so fast that nobody expected. It shot over the back of places and hit Mogo pretty hard and burned to the beach, “Mr. Constance said.
“It’s devastating. But we will come together. A great community. “
Damage has also been caused in the Snowy Mountains and in the direction of Tumbarumba, as well as on the central coast of NSW.
Some of the hardest hit communities along the coast fought Tuesday evening without forest fires and limited telecommunications against forest fires.
At least 50,000 homes are currently without power on the south coast.
“The damage to the electricity network from these last fires is considerable and widespread, with at least 40 poles destroyed in the last 24 hours,” said Janine Cullen, regional manager of Endeavor South Coast.
Many spent New Year’s Eve without power while energy companies worked all night to restore it.
Ulladulla, south of Conjola Park, saw power return on early Wednesday after fires tore through the area on Tuesday.
From 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 102 fires burned throughout the state with 40 uncontrolled. Seven fires were at guard and act level while there were no emergency warnings.
Dangerous bushfire conditions will return on Saturday, with temperatures of 40 ° C and gusts of wind set to create worse conditions than this week’s flames.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters today that the forecast is grim.
‘We assume that on Saturday the weather conditions will be at least as bad as what they were yesterday, “she said.
Australian Bushfire Crisis: What you need to know
WHERE ARE THE NSW BUSHFIRES?
More than 110 fires are still burning on Wednesday.
A fire that burned south of the Snowy Mountains Highway in the Ellerslie Range near Kunama and Laurel Hill was at “emergency” level at 4:30 PM.
The fire has broken through more than 100,000 hectares.
Six fires burned at a “watch and act” level, including the 229,000 ha Currowan fire on the south coast, the 68,000 ha Clyde Mountain fire at Batemans Bay, the 178,000 ha Countegany fire east of Cooma and the 104,000 ha Green Valley fire east of Albury.
An out of control flames also burn in Werri Berri, north of Bemboka near Bega.
More than 2500 firefighters fight the fire.
WHAT IS THE DOODTOL?
Seven people have died since Monday evening, bringing the number of deaths in NSW to at least 15 this season.
A 70-year-old man was found dead Tuesday outside a house in Yatte Yattah, west of Lake Conjola, a male body was discovered in a burnt-out car near the Princes Highway in Yatte Yattah, another man in a vehicle in Sussex Inlet and a body outside a house in Coolagolite, east of Cobargo.
Young father Patrick Salway, 29, his father Robert Salway, 63, and volunteer fireman Sam McPaul, 28, were confirmed dead earlier this week in separate fires that devastated the south of the state.
A 72-year-old man remains missing in Belowra, west of Narooma, while a 70-year-old woman is missing after her home in Conjola Park was destroyed by fire on Tuesday.
HOW MANY HOUSES ARE LOST?
More than 175 houses have been confirmed attached to the south coast since Monday, including 89 in Conjola Park, 40 in Malua Bay and 15 in Rosedale.
At the last count, 1087 houses were destroyed throughout NSW since July.
Wednesday’s fire hazard class is severe in the middle ranges and a total fire ban has been established in that area.
Total fire bans also apply in the southern slopes and southern areas where the fire hazard class is very high.
Fire hazard is also rated as very high in the larger Sydney region, the Monaro Alpine region, the northwestern NSW, the ACT, the Hunter and the northern slopes.
It was expected that hot, dry and windy conditions on Wednesday would create an increased fire hazard for the southern and central beaches and southern slopes.
Parts of the state got some rest from rising temperatures on Wednesday with forecasts of 27 ° C in Nowra, 34 ° C in Penrith in western Sydney, while the mercury was expected to climb to 36 ° C in Tumut in the Riverina and 42 ° C in the Hunter.
Sydney was on Wednesday morning under a smoke mist with reasonable air quality and cloudy and windy conditions.
Dangerous fire conditions are expected to return to the south coast on Saturday, where the temperature is expected to reach 43 ° C.
Motorists are advised to avoid journeys to the south coast and the snow-covered Riverina area, where fires caused widespread power cuts and major road closures.
The Snowy Mountains Highway is closed between Tumut Plains Road and Adaminaby.
The Princes Highway remains closed between Falls Creek and Milton, Batemans Bay and Moruya, Brogo and Tilba Tilba, and Narrabarba and Cann River (Victoria).
Temperatures will reach 45 ° C in a part of the country, as horror conditions are expected for Saturday
The city of Cobargo, where Mr. Salway and his son died Monday, boldly fighting to defend their homes, is leveled
Residents of Cobargo, NSW, inspect the damage that the fire left behind after it had been torn by the city on Tuesday
Then: Cobargo as it was before forest fires were fueled by the worst conditions that Australia had in living memory, torn through the city
“We all have to brace ourselves for that.”
Forecaster of Meteorology Bureau Agata Imielska explained to Daily Mail Australia what the circumstances are like on Tuesday – with extremely high temperatures followed by strong gusts of wind.
“Yesterday the temperature peaked before a southern one broke through,” she said. “Saturday will be the next big day to look forward to.”
Mercury begins to rise on Friday when “large parts” of the state will have temperatures in excess of 40 ° C and these hot conditions will intensify on Saturday.
A southern passage was expected in the late afternoon and the expected strong wind would cause problems for the fire brigade.
“The dry and strong wind will make the flames glow over the state and drive them in a new direction,” the predictor said.
She said the winds will also ensure that the embers fly further and cause new outbreaks.
Despite the cooler conditions on Wednesday, parts of the state – including the northwest of the Great Dividing Range – remained ‘pretty warm’.
Dangerous smoking conditions were also expected after the southern change.
Victoria would experience the same conditions as New South Wales on Saturday.
Temperatures will rise before gusts of wind will develop around dawn in the western part of the state before it hits the east in the afternoon.
The change is set to bring some isolated showers and thunderstorms.
The eastern part of the state will be covered with a smoke spray from the fires in East Gippsland that threatened the city of Mallacoota on Tuesday.
A horse escaped from the nearby forest fires in a residential area near Nowra while forest fires devastated the area on Tuesday
Now: destruction in Cobargo. Authorities have confirmed that more than 200 properties have been destroyed in the NSW fire yesterday
Three people are confirmed dead and there are five people missing after burning scenes like those in Cobargo left the state
Three thousand firefighters were deployed to help fight the fire and protect houses, businesses and vehicles
Cobargo was destroyed by fires on Tuesday after a fire broke through the city and several buildings were burned
Hope faded for four people who had not been heard in the Gippsland region within 24 hours.
There were still 46 fires and 43 properties destroyed in the popular holiday destination.
AAfter a day of shelter on the beach on Tuesday, tourists and locals in Mallacoota spent the night sleeping in a local cinema.
Many spent New Year’s Eve on the city’s jetty and were told they were ready to go into the water as quickly as possible to stay safe.
Those in the NSW holiday towns of Bateman’s Bay and Bermagui also fled to evacuation centers or the beaches on Tuesday.
Batemans Bay was ‘absolutely destroyed’, according to the local federal MP for Gilmore Fiona Phillips.
“It has just been absolute destruction. The construction loss that we believe in the area around Batemans Bay and Mogo is in the hundreds. It is very, very important, “she said ABC.
“The industrial area in Batemans Bay has certainly suffered considerable damage and the Mogo CBD is unrecognizable.”
Mrs. Phillips said that hundreds of buildings in the area have been destroyed.
Federal MP for Eden Monaro Mike Kelly said at least 200 homes were lost on the Far South Coast.
The situation was hampered by cell phone failure in the affected areas, preventing families and friends from reaching their loved ones.
In the aftermath of devastating heroes who have claimed the lives of no fewer than eight people on the south coast of the NSW and the Eastern Gippsland region of Victoria, the authorities have warned that it will only get worse at the weekend
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters today that the forecast is grim
The Cobargo fires not only destroyed houses and buildings, but two men lost their lives
Cobargo was not the only city that was destroyed – according to Batemans Bay, the Bay of Batemans was also destroyed
Patrick Salway, 29, (pictured with his pregnant wife Renee) died while fighting the fire with his father Robert Salway
Robbed widow Renee Salway went to the social media on Tuesday (photo) and said she was ‘broken’. “I love you now, I still love you, I’ve always done that and I’ll always do that,” she wrote
Since December 19, fires have been burning in Australia – such as those near Tahmoor, known as the Green Wattle Creek Fire on December 19 –
“No communication is a rarity in today’s world, so it’s an uncomfortable feeling,” Melbourne man Nic Baxter told AAP on Tuesday night while he waited to hear from his father in Batemans Bay.
Military planes and ships came on Wednesday to provide assistance to emergency services in New South Wales and Victoria, evacuating people from danger zones.
Army Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters were deployed to rescue thousands stranded on a beach in the area destroyed by fire.
The United States and Canada were expected to be asked to provide “specialized aircraft” to assist Australia’s emergency efforts.
Waterbombing aircraft helped efforts to stop a 250-hectare fire reaching homes in Blue Haven on the Central Coast.
Main roads, including different parts of the Princes Highway that connect communities in the south coast, were probably closed for some time due to dangers.
The conditions on Saturday are expected to get worse with smoke filling the air. Pictured: Wattle Creek Fire on December 19
A house lost to a bushfire on Hassall Road in Buxton as the Green Wattle Creek Fire on December 19
A hundred fires fire over New South Wales from Wednesday morning