13 September 2009

Southern NSW

A fire ban was in effect for the southeastern reaches of NSW today, as temperatures reached the low-30s with gusty NW winds in many places. More than 60 bushfires were ignited across the state today.

Earlier, homes were threaten south of Guerilla Bay along the South Coast and in the Port Stephens area (near Newcastle).

The Eurobodalla fire noted previously along the south coast escaped containment earlier in the day, but made no threat to life or property.

The majority of these ignitions have been contained, but a few fires remain uncontrolled this evening, included ones near Kempsey, Lake Macquarie and the fires in Eurobodalla.

There are also numerous fuel-reduction burns under way, as well.

Fire weather conditions are expected to moderate for the next few days. The early forecast suggests west to northwesterly winds and warm conditions could make a return on Thursday.

Here is a link to this afternoon's MODIS image. Some small smoke plumes can be noted, but nothing especially impressive (from space, anyway...) is on display.

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