Bush Fires Churn Through New South Wales

SYDNEY, Nov. 23 (UPI) — Cooler weather failed to dampen bushfires raging in areas across New South Wales, Australian fire officials said Monday.

The Rural Fire Service reported major fires along the far north coast in the Liverpool ranges, the west central area, and in the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains area and said the blazes hadn’t posed a threat to anyone’s property so far, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Assistant Rural Fire Services Commissioner Rob Rogers said officials were concerned about more hot conditions forecast for later this week.

“The last thing we want of course is to go into bad weather days, having a lot of fires on the books already,” Rogers said.

He says fires were started by lightning from storms Friday.

Meanwhile, police say they would charge two men allegedly caught starting fires on their property, ABC said. Both men likely would be given notices to appear in court for failing to comply with the fire ban.

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