Firefighters in the Australian state of New South Wales, one of the southernmost regions of the continent, have been exposed to the first major forest fire of the season since Wednesday, which has progressed uncontrollably since devastating 225 hectares.
With the first snowfall forecast to be in the state’s western mountains, the forest fire in Duranbah, one of the northernmost regions of New South Wales, has brought together a team of six firefighters fighting to control a fire that could be due to the high winds, which are expected in the next few days, stretch over several kilometers.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Department has reported that no nearby population is currently at risk and they suspect the fire could have originated from a private farm whose owners have been unable to control.
As of July 1, The Sidney Morning Herald reports, the state has recorded 702 fires, three times fewer than those that occurred around the same time last year when there were 2,224.
As the New South Wales government awaits the fulfillment of weather forecasts warning of possible heavy snowfall in the west of the state, it has said 4.5 percent of its territory has so far been exposed to drought.