January 4(UPI)-- Australian firefighters are facing a dangerous day on January 4 when temperatures in New South Wells and Victoria are expected to soar through 40 degrees Celsius, coupled with a change in strong winds and winds that will fuel and spread flames, fearing leaving wildfires out of control.
On January 3 local time, Australian troops evacuated hundreds of people trapped in the southeastern town where the fire spread from the sea. On Tuesday, Australian officials approved a mandatory evacuation of the victims. Australia is set for a weekend of heatwaves that are expected to spark deadly bushfires.
Authorities reportedly said the situation could be worse than on New Year's Eve, when flames burned large swaths of scrubland and uncontrolled flames forced thousands of residents and holidaymakers to seek refuge on the beach.
\"It's going to be a long and difficult day for everyone,\" said Fitzsimmons, director of the New South Wells Rural Fire Department. There were hundreds of wildfires burning in the new Wells province on Thursday, and more than half of them were unchecked, according to Fitzsimmons. He also said the fire would spread as the wind changed all day.
\"Low humidity and strong winds, plus the province is very dry,\" said Victoria's emergency management commissioner, Crisp. We still have a situation of constant change and danger. It's really very dry at the moment.
Supermarkets, shops and even bars around the corner in the popular resort of Batemans Bay were closed as of Thursday, and the haze-covered town was unusually quiet. The only activity at this usually busy resort is in a sanctuary. Hundreds of local residents were forced to flee their homes and take refuge in tents and campers in the open.