CAMS also reports that the fires have released megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, as well as copious amounts of carbon monoxide. The fires also threaten the lives of many indigenous people. The Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service was activated to help respond to the fire.
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The service uses satellite observations to help civil protection authorities and, in cases of disaster, the international humanitarian community to help to respond to emergencies. The severity of the fires has reached the highest political levels. Deemed an international crisis, the G7 nations who met in France yesterday, have offered a 20 million euro emergency funding to assist Brazil and its neighbouring countries to put out the fires, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.
Half an hour earlier, Queensland authorities declared an emergency for a fire at Cobraball near Yeppoon on the central coast — another fire that had earlier been downgraded. On the Sunshine Coast, the fire approaching Cooroibah, Ringtail Creek and the surrounding areas was downgraded to watch and act just before 4. Residents there should still prepare to leave.
It comes after firefighters worked through the night and into today as bushfires continued to rage across northern NSW and parts of Queensland.
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They were helped by easing conditions, with temperatures cooling, winds dropping and a number of fires that were previously at emergency level being downgraded. But that relief is only temporary. The NSW Department of Education website has the most up to date list of school closures however if anyone is in doubt, please contact the school directly. Students sitting their HSC exams tomorrow should contact their school if they are unsure if exams will occur, or if it is unsafe for them to reach an examination venue.
The Department warns students should not put themselves in danger for an exam. It says students unable to attend an examination due to the bushfires will not be disadvantaged.
Schools in high-risk areas will be closed. Homes are not designed to withstand a fire under these conditions. If a fire starts and takes hold during catastrophic fire danger conditions, lives and homes will be at risk. Large areas of state expected to see Severe or Extreme fire danger. Know what to do to reduce your risk. Large areas of the state are also forecast to experience severe and extreme fire danger, including the north coast and northern NSW areas, where there are a large number of fires already burning.
Temperatures will rise back into the high thirties, winds will pick up again and a high pressure ridge coming in from the west will bring more dry air. Tuesday will be a dangerous day. Based on the latest forecast, there is likely to be widespread Severe and Extreme fire Thirty-six fires across NSW are still not under control. Very hot.
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Really dry. Strong westerly winds. That will run through into Wednesday for us, also into Thursday. We have already got large fires. It will run into central Queensland, again where we had a number of significant fires overnight and yesterday afternoon. There are also concerns for Western Australia, where temperatures could hit 40 degrees on Tuesday. Scott Morrison comforts year-old Owen Whalan at a Taree evacuation centre. Mr Whalan lost his Koorainghat home to the fires.
Heartbreaking photos show Prime Minister Scott Morrison comforting year-old Owen Whalan, who broke down in tears after losing his Koorainghat property. They just show incredible spirit, incredible heart, incredible generosity. This is Owen. I met him at the Taree Evacuation Centre. He, like many other people, is facing an anxious time, but was pleased his dogs had survived the fire. Please continue to remain vigilant, stay up to date on fires in your area and listen to and follow the instructions of the emergency services.
There is a long way to go, and Tuesday is looking more difficult. He said the government had approved support measures for residents affected by the fires.
The other is an extension of the Disaster Recovery Allowance, which provides 13 weeks of income support to compensate for loss of income. Mr Morrison is also prepared to deploy Army reservists to help firefighting efforts, should conditions worsen again.
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We are expecting to see widespread severe and extreme fire danger ratings extending from northern NSW, from the Queensland border right down to the central west areas of NSW. In and around the greater Hunter region. Down through the greater Sydney environment. Into the Illawarra. Another 50 trucks full of fire crews will be deployed throughout NSW on Monday night ahead of the dangerous conditions on Tuesday.
They will be available to aid existing firefighting operations or combat newly formed fires.
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The little things you do now could make all of the difference in the survivability of you, your loved ones and your property. We simply cannot do it. Three people have been confirmed dead, with two bodies found near Glen Innes and one near Taree. Five others were reported missing but by Sunday afternoon authorities said all had been accounted for. He then drove back through dangerous territory to get her to emergency services.
The second victim, Julie Fletcher, 63, was discovered at a property in Johns River, north of Taree after packing her car and preparing to escape, according to The Daily Telegraph.