140+ Bushfires Flare Up in Australia's New South Wales

SYDNEY, Nov. 21 (UPI) — About 140 bushfires burned Saturday across the Australian state of New South Wales as high temperatures and gusty winds created dangerous conditions.

Forecasters predicted another bad day Sunday, saying it could be the worst fire conditions ever seen in November, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.


Rob Rogers, assistant commissioner of the Rural Fire Service, said 1,000 firefighters worked Saturday. He said the heat, winds and dry vegetation made the blazes difficult to control.

”If we don’t catch them very quickly, we won’t be able to put them out,” Rogers said. ”We’ve just got to get through tomorrow and then the weather calms down for a couple of weeks.”

While New South Wales was dealing with fires, Victoria, where deadly bushfires burned earlier this year, was hit by up to 3 feet of rain in 24 hours.

Temperature records were set Friday in New South Wales. Just before midnight, the temperature was still a sweltering 90 degrees in Sydney.

A spokeswoman for NSW Ambulance said residents should remember the elderly and infants need more liquids in the heat.

”We’re reminding mums that bubs need to be breastfed more often,” she said.

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