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Australia in 'unchartered territory' amid bushfire crisis

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Published on November 8, 2019 - Duration: 00:52s

Australia in 'unchartered territory' amid bushfire crisis

Towns were evacuated and hundreds of residents told to flee on Friday as a record number of emergency-level bushfires raged across two Australian states.

Emer McCarthy reports.

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Australia in 'unchartered territory' amid bushfire crisis

A number of towns in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland were evacuated on Friday (November 8) as bushfires raged across the region.

Emergency-level fire warnings were issued for 17 blazes in New South Wales and three fires at that same level in Queensland.

High winds fanned the flames, turning the sky red in some areas.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons: (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW SOUTH WALES RURAL FIRE SERVICE COMMISSIONER, SHANE FITZSIMMONS, SAYING: "Unfortunately we are in uncharted territory this afternoon.

We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning alert level.

We've got 90 fires burning across New South Wales.

50 of them remain uncontained." So far, 2019 is one of Australia's worst bushfire seasons, with a record number of emergency warnings.

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