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Fires Flare As Cyclone Fades

FireUnlike the US media, the ABC seems to have actual news stories to report: Homes in flames as bushfires rage

Properties, homes and cars have been burnt in a large fire at Gerogery, north of Albury, in southern New South Wales.

The blaze began at a tip in the nearby village of Walla about 1:00pm (AEDT) and has burnt through grazing land between Glenellen and Gerogery.

Marg Wehner from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) says residents in the area should seek safety.

“If they do not wish to be in the area, it’s probably too late to be leaving now,” she said.

“The fire is within the vicinity and the smoke is very high. They need to just batten down the hatches and hang in there.”

RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has told ABC local radio that an emergency alert has been issued for Gerogery, West Gerogery and surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, the RFS says bushfires are posing an immediate threat to properties at Londonderry in Sydney’s north-west.

Mr Fitzsimmons says he has heard reports that one home may have already been lost.

“It’s early days at this stage – that could be a shed – but the indications were it might actually be a home,” he said.

The RFS says semi-rural properties are under immediate threat in Nutt Road, Taylor Road, Devlin Road and Smeeton Road.

A spokesman says the fires will threaten homes on nearby Londonderry Road soon.

At least they can report better news for Western Australia: Cyclone Laurence downgraded.

Americans need to remember, it isn’t just a country, it’s a continent. It covers three main time zones and is nearly 3 million square miles in area.


1 Kryten42 { 12.17.09 at 6:47 pm }

The fires at Gregory and Londonderry were reported on the news last night. The RFS were officially telling people in the fire zone not to attempt to leave, it was too late. They stood a better chance of following their fire plans in their homes.

A cool change has come through Vic, and hopefully it will reach the fire zones and help ease the problem.

Not good, and it’s only the start of the season. We’ve been lucky in Vic so far this season. But are bracing for the worst. We have a fire plan here tested and ready, just in case. 🙂

2 Bryan { 12.17.09 at 8:49 pm }

Under the current drought all it takes is a wind from the wrong direction.

Too much water in the North and nothing is the South, but climate change is a fraud.