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AS NSW burns into the night, with new fires starting even at 8pm, firefighters are bracing for another dangerous day tomorrow.
As seven fires have taken hold and burning out of control, dubbed “the worst in a decade or more” by RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, he has tonight warned containment will only come when conditions start to ease – but there is not a wet day in sight
Newcastle airport is closed. Fires in Springwood, Winmalee, the line has jumped the Nepean River. Up to forty homes lost, no lives lost..yet
Pray for us.
UPDATE: One dead.
Police confirmed the first fatality of the disaster this morning. A 63-year-old man died in the NSW Central Coast yesterday after he collapsed while defending his Lake Munmorah home. Two volunteer firefighters are being treated in hospital, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said.
Condolences to his family, and my deepest thanks and respect to the firefighters still out there.