Two fires in Australia have merged into a megacomb, the worst is yet to come



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Two fires in Australia have merged into a megacomb, the worst is yet to come



A STRONG wind has combined two huge forest fires in Australia into one mega-fire, and authorities are warning that the worst weather is yet to come, agencies said Friday.

For days, it has been feared the fire would cross the border between the states of New South Wales and Victoria in the Snowy Mountains.



Due to the new heat wave and strong wind gusts, over 100 fires that devour parts of Australia are accelerating.

Emergency due to firefighting

As of midnight, a state of emergency was declared due to two fires that merged into one.

Thus, many fears were realized that a huge fire from November would be repeated, the so-called. the Gospers Mountain mega-fire, which started in Wollemia National Park and swallowed up seven times the size of Singapore.

Winds from the north and northwest that changed during the night led to the merger of fires.

Firefighters: The fire was caused by lightning

Local fire commander Shane Fitzsimmons of New South Wales said conditions were again very difficult after a few easier days.

“It's hot, the wind is drying up and that will be a big challenge again,” he added.

Temperatures in parts of New South Wales and Victoria today were over 40 degrees Celsius.

AP spokesman Anthony Bradstreet told the AP that he believed the fire was started by lightning.

A new heat wave is coming

Meteorologists are announcing even higher temperatures, strong winds and lightning-free rain in the coming days.

Firefighters in southern Australia are also battling a firestorm on Kangaroo Island.

Authorities on Friday called for nearly 250,000 people to be evacuated.

So far, 27 people have died and thousands have become homeless after monstrous fires ravaged more than 10.3 million hectares of land, leaving burned land in South Korea.

Protests across Australia

In the meantime, thousands of people have participated in climate protests across Australia, demanding Prime Minister Scott Morrison make a rapid transition from fossil fuels.

Australia cut its commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement last year.

Sydney's main streets were blocked as protesters shouted “ScoMo has to go”, referring to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, while others carried banners saying “There is no climate B” and “Save us from hell “.

Similar protests took place in the Australian capital Canberra and Melbourne, which are among the cities with the most polluted air in the world this month.

Two fires in Australia have merged into a megacomb, the worst is yet to come

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