Billie Hasett, 9, visits what is left of her school in Dunally, Tasmania.
January 08, 2013 5:30PM
There have been other outbreaks at Bathurst, in the central west, with a fire burning near the airport there, and near Wagga Wagga, in the south, where a 870ha fire has broken containment lines.
Helicopter flying over our house to check out the fire at Brogo. Picture: mrs_gillies Source: Twitter
Stranded visitors on the Tasman Peninsula cut off by Tasmania’s bushfires are being escorted out of the area by police.
Five convoys, totalling around 395 cars and 750 people, have moved out of the Nubeena area in the past 24 hours.
Resupply convoys of essential supplies have been escorted into the area with the arterial Arthur Highway remaining closed.
Police say around 500 cars and 1500 people remain at Nubeena, on the west coast of the peninsula, which has served as a haven for thousands during the fires.
Further convoys will be organised throughout the day if conditions allow.
“A priority for police is to open the Arthur Highway as soon as possible,” a Tasmania Police statement said.
“It must be remembered that the fire in the area remains active and uncontrolled.
More than 550 houses have been searched and no bodies found despite concerns for around 100 people still unaccounted for.
Tony Abbott on alert
Tony Abbott is on standby with his local fire brigade as NSW nervously awaits the outbreak of new bushfires.
The federal opposition leader flew back from a political engagement in Brisbane on Tuesday morning to join forces with Davidson Rural Fire Brigade, on Sydney’s bushfire-prone north shore.
“I’m now on my way to Sydney to be on standby with my local fire brigade,” Mr Abbott tweeted.
“Important to follow fire warnings and advice today.”
Mr Abbott has been a volunteer with his local brigade since 2000, served as its deputy captain before becoming opposition leader in 2009 and has previously been directly involved with fighting fires.
There were no bushfires reported in the Davidson Rural Fire Brigade’s area.
Prime Minister’s warning
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned Australians to keep safe as a day of extreme fire danger unfolds around the nation.
The Prime Minister said there was good reason to describe the weather conditions as catastrophic.
“We of course are very concerned about these extreme weather conditions in NSW. The word catastrophic is being used for good reason,” she told the Seven Network this morning.
“So it is very important that people keep themselves safe, that they listen to local authorities and local warnings.”
Ms Gillard said she would be getting briefings on the situation in NSW during the day, with a total fire ban across the state.
“Even if you aren’t in a region in any risk this extreme heat is very damaging to human health, so we have got to keep an eye on each other,” she warned.
“We have now for very good system where federal officials, state officials, the defence force, all start collaborating early so when it gets really rough they are already working together.”
However, Ms Gillard said she was hoping for the best.
“I would like to end this day with nothing having happened.”
Ms Gillard, who toured Tasmania’s fire ravaged zones on Monday, said the damage was widespread.
“I saw a lot of devastation… and Tassie was in the same position as NSW a few days ago,” she said.
In NSW, Premier Barry O’Farrell has warned would-be arsonists not to make it even tougher for firefighters.
“The emergency services community’s going to have it tough today, we don’t need to make it tougher by deliberately lighting fires,” he told Macquarie Radio this morning.
The premier urged people to report suspicious activity and warned fines for lighting fires went up to $100,000 if property was damaged and people could face jail sentences of up to 25 years if someone died.
The premier said police were visiting known arsonists so “those characters know that they’re under observation, they’re not being ignored on a day like this.”
The NSW Rural Fire Service has sent a warning SMS to the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and the Southern Ranges regions ahead of a 43C forecast and recommends people escape while they can.
The service said people should leave by morning.
“We are shaping up for one of the worst fire danger days on record,”New South Wales Rural Fire Commissioner Shae Fitzsimmons said this morning.
“You don’t get conditions worse than this, we are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option.
“Literally, thousand and thousands of firefighters will be on standby today, the aircraft availability will be up around 100 and they will all be at the ready to deal with any new outbreak of fire.
“We can expect the most extreme of fire behaviour should we see a fire develop and take hold…
“It is shaping up to be a very hot and very long day.”
Commissioner Fitzsimmons again urged people in the areas most at risk to get out now.
“Unless someone’s got that crystal ball that can tell us where and when that fire is going to start, we certainly don’t know, the reality is that under those sorts of conditions, if a fire starts and takes hold it will burn extremely aggressively… and we will not be able to contain it.”
NSW Parks and Wildlife rangers have already begun visiting popular campsites amid Tuesday’s closure of the state’s national parks and reserves.
A spokesman said rangers would continue visiting campsites on Tuesday morning, encouraging people to leave.
He said there would be no forced evacuations unless there was a fire emergency.
a bushfire in the state’s southwest has almost doubled in size with firefighters working overnight to stop the blaze impacting rural communities.
Around 500 firefighters and 10 aircraft worked to battle the Kentbruck blaze which increased from 4000 to 7050ha overnight, threatening the rural communities of Drik Drik and Dartmoor.
A Country Fire Authority (CFA) spokeswoman said firefighters conducted backburning south of Drik Drik and built containment lines in preparation for a southwesterly wind change expected on Tuesday morning.
“They have been building mineral earth breaks using dozers so they’re ready for it,” she said.
The spokeswoman said Drik Drik was no longer under direct threat from the blaze with warnings downgraded to watch and act.
She said the CFA was closely monitoring northern parts of the state where a severe fire danger rating has been issued in anticipation of searing temperatures.
Total fire bans have been declared in the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country and North East districts.
In the ACT, firefighters are continuing to mop up a forest fire burning in the territory’s south.
The fire is burning close to Mount Ginini in the western region of Namadgi National Park and is under control.
The ACT Rural Fire Service has four units on the scene to fight the 26ha forest fire.
Meanwhile, a helicopter reconnaissance flight will monitor whether there is any fire still burning at Sentry Box and Rendezvous Creek within Namadgi National Park.
A cluster of small fires at Rendezvous Creek was extinguished after the site was water bombed on Monday.
The chopper will use infrared detection equipment to pick up the presence of any hot spots in the areas.
The bushfires were sparked by lightning when a storm hit the capital on Saturday evening.
The alert and warning level for the three fires has been set at ‘advice’.
A total fire ban has been declared for Tuesday in the ACT, with fire danger rated at extreme due to forecast very hot and windy weather.
In South Australia, A string of bushfires continue to burn across north of the state but are not causing concern.
The fires, including some which have been burning since Christmas, are in remote areas and are just being left to burn.
The Country Fire Service says they pose no threat to people or property and are being monitored by satellite.
A number of other fires to the south are contained and are still being monitored by small CFS crews.
They include a fire at Finniss, south of Adelaide, at Penola, in the state’s south-east and at Sevenhill in the Clare Valley.
Milder conditions across much of South Australia on Tuesday eased the fire danger with Adelaide’s forecast top just 31 degrees.
The Bureau of Meteorology expects even cooler conditions in the city and in coastal areas of the state on Wednesday.
However, some far north districts continued to swelter with Oodnadatta among the hottest with 43.5C at 11.35am (CDT).
In Tasmania, police and firefighters are conducting a second round of more comprehensive searches for 100 missing people, with a contingent of Victorian police arriving to help.
“It’s vitally important that all people who were in the area at the time, and are OK, self-register their details with the National Registration and Inquiry Service operated by the Red Cross,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Donna Adams said.
“This will enable us to put the minds of concerned family and friends at ease and enable us to prioritise our search activities.”
Some residents on the peninsula have been urged to seek refuge ahead of a renewed threat across the region.
The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) says residents in Eagle Hawk Neck, Pirates Bay, Doo Town, Old Jetty Road and Blowhole Road should move to the Tasman Civic Centre in Nubeena ahead of “expected fire behaviour”.
Strong wind gusts of between 30-70km/h were expected to sweep across the state’s south between midday and 3pm (AEDT).
Around 40 bushfires continue to burn across the state, with concerns also held for uncontrolled blazes at Montumana in the northwest and Lake Repulse in the Derwent Valley.
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G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
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