Euro-Center Sydney - NSW Bush Fires 19.12.2019


Euro-Center Sydney would like to share the following information regarding the state-wide emergency called by New South Wales Government today regarding the bushfires taking place in the State of New South Wales.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared a state of emergency for the next 7 days with Sydney shrouded in thick smoke from bushfires in the surrounding areas. The entire perimeter of the greater Sydney basin is threatened by blazes as the heat has soared to 41 degrees Celsius, the air quality in Sydney has again today been at hazardous levels.

The Premier has also warned that conditions on Saturday are expected to be worse than they are today.

People should make travel plans accordingly and be advised the conditions are such that road closures and disruptions are a real possibility.

The declaration of a state of emergency gives the Rural Fire Services Commissioner extraordinary powers including the ability of evacuate properties, close roads, pull down infrastructure at risk of collapse and order shutdown of essential utilities such as gas, oil, oil and water.

Dangerous conditions are threatening large parts of New South Wales, with up to 110 fires burning in various states of control. The extreme fire warning covers the Greater Sydney area, Illawarra and Shoalhaven, and the Southern Ranges areas, these are major fires burning north, west and south of Sydney.

The risks are compounded by the 100km/h winds forecast.

The Bureau of Meteorology in NSW has tweeted that there are now 4 Emergency Warnings for the NSW fires.

At least 3 houses in the Southwest of Sydney have been destroyed today by fires as the Hume Highway leading in out of Sydney through the South West corridor has been closed between Campbelltown and Mittagong (towards Canberra); due to the converging mega-fire.

ABC Live Blog: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-19/nsw-bushfires-sydney-smoke-and-heat-live-blog/11812822

The Guardian Live Blog: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2019/dec/19/nsw-and-qld-fires-australia-braces-for-extreme-bushfires-danger-amid-sweltering-heatwave-live

Sydney Morning Herald: https://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/premier-declares-state-of-emergency-in-nsw-as-state-faces-dangerous-bushfire-conditions-20191219-p53ld1.html

Travellers should assess their travel plans and the government urges everybody to do their research about possible fire danger before embarking.

People are urged to download the ‘Fires Near Me’ App (New South Wales Rural Fire Service).

In the Sydney region we expect diversions, delays and extra road closures.

There is a total fire ban in place until Midnight Saturday night.

Euro-Center Sydney is monitoring the situation and will keep you updated regarding any further developments.

 Please do not hesitate to contact us via sydney@euro-center.com