Two Australian states have declared a state of emergency as bushfires bring a "catastrophic" threat to heavily populated areas of the nation's east.
Even as eastern Australia is consumed by flames after years of drought, the New South Wales parliament is today trying to push through a law to stop proposed coal mines from having to examine the carbon impact of the coal they're exporting. Authorities said they had one fire in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia's biggest city, under control though another one was out of control.
On Wednesday, blazes caused fresh emergencies in Queensland.
"There is nothing built or created to withstand the sorts of conditions that you can expect under catastrophic" conditions, said Shane Fitzsimmons, commissioner of the rural fire service for New South Wales state, which encompasses Sydney.
Hundreds of new fires across the state's north resulted in "catastrophic" conditions on Tuesday but authorities have warned the threat is not over as a southerly wind change begins to sweep.
State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was relieved that the destruction on Tuesday had not been worse.
The leader of the minor Australian Greens party, Richard Di Natale, and the party's climate spokesman, Adam Bandt, blamed Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government for the crisis.
More than 60 bushfires are burning in the state amid forecasts of high temperatures, volatile winds and dry lightning.
Tony Wellington, mayor of the Queensland town of Noosa North Shore, said residents there were being evacuated for the second time in a week.
There are 54 fires already burning in NSW, 25 uncontained.
Officials warned that no significant rain was expected, putting continuing strain on firefighters. About 1.1 million hectares have been scorched in NSW since September.
It brings the total number of homes affected by fires in NSW over the past week to more than 200. Though perimeters constantly shift, most are in populated coastal zones or further inland.
A resident puts out small fires as he rides his motorcycle in Old Bar, New South Wales, Australia, 10 November 2019.
Bushfires reached within kilometres (miles) of Sydney's city centre Tuesday prompting firefighting planes to spray red retardant over trees and houses in a northern suburb.
According to the SMH, the analysis showed Springwood in the Blue Mountains - among the areas ravaged by fire in 2013 - also had 6500 houses located within risky distances of bush.
There are fears that Sydney could be threatened in the coming days.
"We need to take a serious look at our future", she said. You can guarantee we're not going to be able to get around all of these fires before the next wave of bad weather.