Australia is reeling under Fire with over 165 fires reported at the last count and the Fire fighters are waging a grim battle.
The temperatures are expected to soar to 43 degrees.
In some areas of the state, winds of more than 70 kilometers an hour were threatening to fan the flames of fires already burning. However, a change in wind direction had caused temperatures in certain parts of the state to fall, offering some relief.
A “catastrophic” fire risk has been declared in four areas of NSW, although the risk across 90% of the state is “severe” or above. A “catastrophic” warning carries the risk of significant loss of life and the destruction of many homes, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).
“I cannot say it more plainly: the risk is real and potentially deadly. People need to act now,” the service’s Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.
On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned it was “dangerous” day and urged people to “stay focused.(CNN).
tepmperatures are so firce that the interactive site http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/viewer/index.shtml?type=T&level=2m&tz=AEDT&area=Au&model=CG&chartSubmit=Refresh+View has to change clors frequently to indicate the intensity of the Fire!
4:54pm: Emergency warning for Warrigal Range Road: