Bushfires Prompt State of Emergency in New South Wales, Potential for “Mega-Fire” to Threaten Sydney and Environs: AIR

BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, on Thursday, October 17, bushfires exacerbated by hot, dry, and windy conditions spread across the state of New South Wales, where authorities declared a state of emergency on Sunday. Bushfires are common during the summer in Australia from December through February, but are unusual for this time of year. “Their unseasonal arrival is being attributed to record high temperatures in the previous 12 months and only half the normal amount of rainfall thus far this spring,” said Dr.…

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