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Tens of thousands told to evacuate in Australia amid raging bushfires

The evacuation could be one of the biggest in Australia’s history
Authorities in Australia are asking tens of thousands of holidaymakers in the state of Victoria to leave amid worsening bushfires.

With more than a hundred fires continuing to burn across Australia and conditions expected to worsen due to thunderstorms and strong winds, emergency services have said they cannot help everybody amid an unprecedented bushfire emergency.

It is believed that around 30,000 tourists as well as 45,000 locals were told to leave on Sunday in what could be one of the biggest mass evacuations in Australia’s history.

With temperatures reaching about 40C, Monday is expected to bring a day of ‘extreme danger’ according to officials.

They have said that choosing to ignore the warnings ‘could be suicide’.

Conditions in the East Gippsland region are believed to be so dangerous, that the only road in – and out – of its tourist towns may be inaccessible by morning.

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The evacuation could be one of the biggest in Australia's history
The evacuation could be one of the biggest in Australia’s history

Authorities in Australia are asking tens of thousands of holidaymakers in the state of Victoria to leave amid worsening bushfires.

With more than a hundred fires continuing to burn across Australia and conditions expected to worsen due to thunderstorms and strong winds, emergency services have said they cannot help everybody amid an unprecedented bushfire emergency.

It is believed that around 30,000 tourists as well as 45,000 locals were told to leave on Sunday in what could be one of the biggest mass evacuations in Australia’s history.


With temperatures reaching about 40C, Monday is expected to bring a day of ‘extreme danger’ according to officials.

They have said that choosing to ignore the warnings ‘could be suicide’.

Conditions in the East Gippsland region are believed to be so dangerous, that the only road in – and out – of its tourist towns may be inaccessible by morning.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 21: Firemen prepare as a bushfire approaches homes on the outskirts of the town of Bargo on December 21, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. A catastrophic fire danger warning has been issued for the greater Sydney region, the Illawarra and southern ranges as hot, windy conditions continue to hamper firefighting efforts across NSW. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a state of emergency on Thursday, the second state of emergency declared in NSW since the start of the bushfire season. (Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)
Firemen prepare as a bushfire approaches homes on the outskirts of the town of Bargo on December 21, 2019 in Sydney, Australia (Picture: Getty)
Fires In East Gippsland, NSW
With temperatures reaching about 40C, Monday is expected to bring a day of ‘extreme danger’ (Picture: Facebook / @DELWPGippsland)
Fires in NSW Australia
Holidaymakers are being asked to leave the area (Picture: Facebook / CFA)

Emergencies chief Andrew Crisp said: ‘What we are saying now, based on the conditions that will be confronting us tomorrow across the state, but in particular in East Gippsland, is that if you’re holidaying in that part of the state, it’s time that you left.’

East Gippsland Mayor John White said bushland in the region was bone dry after three years of drought.

He said: ‘Hopefully people heed the messages. You can rebuild homes, sheds and fences but life is irreplaceable.’

A water bombing helicoptor flies over the remains of the Tutti Frutti cafe which was destroyed by bushfires in the town of Bilpin, 70km west of Sydney on December 29, 2019. - A heatwave is due to sweep across parts of New South Wales in the coming days, with deteriorating bushfire conditions expected to hit on New Years Eve on December 31. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
A water bombing helicoptor flies over the remains of the Tutti Frutti cafe which was destroyed by bushfires in the town of Bilpin, 70km west of Sydney (Picture: AFP)
A house and van are seen destroyed after bushfires ravaged the town of Bilpin, 70km west of Sydney on December 29, 2019. - A heatwave is due to sweep across parts of New South Wales in the coming days, with deteriorating bushfire conditions expected to hit on New Years Eve on December 31. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
A house and van are seen destroyed after the bushfires in the town of Bilpin (Picture: AFP)

Officials say that any lightning strikes in dry, drought-affected forests have the potential to quickly become fires that threaten lives and homes.

However some are choosing to remain defiant and refuse to leave.

Holiday park managers say some of their customers are ‘choosing to stay’ and have taken a ‘relaxed approach’.

The state of New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, has been the hardest hit by the bushfires this year.

South Australia also faces dangerous conditions on Monday in three districts, including the Adelaide Hills, where a large blaze continues to smoulder.

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New South Wales is also predicted to come under threat from fires on Tuesday, when the wind change will move up the coast.

It comes as more than a quarter of a million people signed a petition demanding that the New Year’s Eve fireworks be cancelled and the money spent on fighting fires.

However the Australian Prime Minister has said Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks will go ahead despite the country’s wildfire crisis, but refused to rule out cancelling the display at the last minute.

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