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Wildfires have destroyed houses and properties in many drought-affected areas in the state of New South Wales, in Australia, ABC News can report.

About 90 blazes have been recorded across the city, with heat levels rising to 35 degrees Celcius.

Queensland and Western Australia residents have also been issued emergency warnings about likely fires.

The fires in New South Wales have destroyed more than 2000 hectares of bush, which was home to different plant species and animals, several of which are feared dead or missing.

Shane Fitzsimmons, a Rural Fire Service Commissioner bemoaned, “We are in uncharted territory,” adding that “We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level.”

Mr Fitzsimmons continued, “We just cannot overstate the profound impact that the drought is having on fire behaviour,” ABC News can report. 

The repeated incidents of fires across cities in Australia, particularly, during the ‘Australia fire season’, have been attributed to climate change by scientists.

Authorities, overwhelmed by the situation, have feared that the many fires will continue to burn unless there is rain.

The situation has required authorities to resort to flying water-bombing aircrafts over the affected areas to control the spread of the fire.

“We’ve very mindful of the scarcity of water and how precious it is but the reality is we can’t do firefighting without water,” Mr Fitzsimmons noted.

Source: ABCNewsGh.com 

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