SYDNEY – Millions of Sydneysiders awoke in a smoke-filled city on Tuesday morning as thousands of firefighters paced the Australian East Coast and prepared for potentially catastrophic bush fires in both New South Wales and Queensland, at least three People died and more than 150 houses were destroyed.  At 9:00 am, 57 fires were burning throughout New South Wales, and the fire department warned the state to go after the outbreak to "experience the predicted fire conditions," potentially affecting more than 6 million people. In the north, nearly 1,000 firefighters in Queensland fought 55 additional fires on Tuesday.
The entire state of New South Wales was subject to a complete fire ban and parts of the Greater Sydney region were listed under a "catastrophic" fire warning . Dry conditions and strong winds can lead to devastating flames.
"Of course, we still have not only the fires we are dealing with, but also the widespread catastrophic prediction," said Shane Fitzsimmons, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service representative, during a press conference on Tuesday , "We are planning for this type of day, but we always hope that they will never come."
Fitzsimmons said the entire state is ready to face new flames or a wind shift which could aggravate fires is already burning. The country's weather service said that such a change would be expected later in the evening with gusts exceeding 80 km / h, and the Commissioner said that the worst was yet to come.
"We will have a long night ahead of us because this southern [wind] will continue and these strong winds will not reach North NSW before midnight," said Fitzsimmons. "Unfortunately, there is no delay."
Hundreds of firefighters were also preparing to travel to the region from neighboring states, and officials urged residents to observe evacuation orders and get out before the conditions became too terrible. These predictions came true in just a few hours as temperatures rose in parts of New South Wales, and the country fire brigade said that was already too late to flee some areas .
"It's clearly the safest option not to be in areas affected by bushfires," Fitzsimmons said earlier in the day, calling on those in potentially dangerous areas to evacuate in anticipation of dangerous flames a period of 24 hours not a single drop of rain. It was the first time in the history of the country.
"The team can not trace a day in our records that it has not rained anywhere on the Australian mainland," said a spokesman for the office radio station.
The fires have already hit wildlife too. Wildlife advocates said up to 350 koalas living in a conservation area could have died in a fire last month after two-thirds of their habitat had been destroyed.
Ashton, president of Koala Conservation Australia, told The Sydney Morning Herald. "They were burned to ashes in the trees."
Many officials compared this week with bushfires on Black Saturday in 2009, which killed 173 people and destroyed thousands of homes in the state of Victoria. Injured Koala will be treated on November 2 at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie after receiving SAEED KHAN / AFP via Getty Images “/>
The flames have triggered a political debate across the country as some politicians and firefighters began to associate a more intense bushfire season with climate change, as scientists have been warning for years. Andrew Freedman of the Washington Post commented: "Climate change research finds that the relationship between a warming climate and increased bush fire risk in Australia is robust and undisputed."
Rainforests in northern New South Wales, tropical Queensland and the United States formerly humid forests in Tasmania, "wrote Greg Mullins, former fire and rescue commissioner in New South Wales, in a commentary this week. "I am confident that once the smoke and dust have settled, our national government will finally see the obvious and understand the word" unprecedented. "I'm sure it will take decisive action to address the root cause – greenhouse gas emissions – to fight." – then you use the high moral base to rely on other countries to do the right thing. "
But these demands have been raised only by the country's conservatives, who have vehemently defended the Australian coal industry in recent years. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack accused environmentalists this week of exploiting a tragedy to further their interests. Australia does not need the enthusiasm of some of the capital's pure, enlightened and bright green people to try to save their homes. "
Also on Tuesday, former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said two people killed in this month's fires" most likely "voted for the country's Greens.
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