“Premier Barry O’Farrell has today been at the Rural Fire Service Headquarters in Lidcombe.
He has warned residents across the state to brace for the possibility of mass evacuations in coming days amid dire weather forecasts.”
‘‘The state’s in for challenging days ahead,’’ he said
I just discovered the above new item in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Some areas in NSW experienced the worst bushfires last Thursday when temperatures reached the high thirties (Celsius) with very strong erratic extremely hot winds. 208 houses have been destroyed so far. The entire Blue Mountains Area is still in danger.
So the Premier says ” to brace for the possibility of mass evacuations in coming days amid dire weather forecasts.”
This warning applies to residents across the state of NSW. I think a lot of people tend to think it is not going to effect them unless they live right next to the bush. However to be honest under these dire weather conditions a fire could turn up anywhere within a very short time. So I think the Premier is right to give people a warning like this. For sure it is much better to be prepared than to be sorry later on.
Here now is a message from the Queen:
“2:58pm: Her Majesty The Queen has just sent a message on the bushfire situation here. She’s expressed great admiration for the work of fire fighters.
“I would like to convey my heartfelt sympathy to all those who have been affected by the devastating bushfires across New South Wales.
“My thoughts are with the many people who have lost their homes or livelihoods in the fires, and I have great admiration for the fire fighters, volunteers and emergency services officers who are working tirelessly to contain the situation.”