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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Multiple Bushfires Burn More than 60,000 Hectares Across Tasmania

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According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, late last week, wildfires exacerbated by hot, dry, and windy conditions spread across parts of southern Tasmania. Temperatures of over 41° C (105.8°F) were recorded in the state capital of Hobart last Friday, the city’s hottest day since recordkeeping began in the 1880s. According to the Tasmania Fire Service, as of 9:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. UTC) January 7, 2013, thirty-five bushfires are currently active across Tasmania. Six of these blazes have reportedly been contained. Firefighters are still working to control nine more, which…

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