Bushfire MAP: New South Wales bushfires mapped - 'unprecedented' blazes threatening NSW

  • Bushfire MAP: New South Wales bushfires mapped - 'unprecedented' blazes threatening NSW

Bushfire MAP: New South Wales bushfires mapped - 'unprecedented' blazes threatening NSW

"We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level".

Authorities warned some people to seek shelter from fires rather than flee, as it was now "too late to leave".

As of 5:30 p.m. local time Friday (1:30 a.m. ET) there were 96 fires across the state, with 57 burning out of control, according to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).

A spokesperson for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service told EFE that between July 1 to November 5, around 574,727 hectares had been burned, and although the figure was not updated, it had already exceeded the area that was consumed by fires in the previous two seasons put together.

"There's 370,000 hectares of fire right now burning in New South Wales, which is more than the entire area burnt in 2018". More than 1,000 firefighters and 70 aircraft had been deployed to battle the blaze, fire authorities told the ABC.

There are also reports of people being unable to get out of their houses and rescuers being unable to reach them because of the sheer ferocity of the fires.

The map issued by the fire service shows the locations of the devastating blazes.

Tenterfield, Armidale, Clarence Valley, Port Macquarie, Nambucca and Kempsey are said to be the most affected areas.

At least five schools in NSW have closed due to the flames, and major roads and highways have been forced to shut.

"The "high concentration of fire and extreme volatility and extraordinary fire behavior" was being driven by a "drought stricken landscape" and hot, dry, windy conditions", he said.

Around a hundred blazes pockmarked the New South Wales and Queensland countryside, around 17 of them remained unsafe and uncontained late Friday.

There are now 50 bushfires raging in neighbouring Queensland, with residents across several areas told to evacuate as properties are under threat. Residents in several areas there have been told to evacuate as emergency-level fires threaten homes and properties. Australia had an early and fierce start to its bushfire season, with an elderly couple killed in a blaze in October.