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Australia faces day of 'catastrophic' bushfires

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By Holly Robertson and Daniel de Carteret in Taree

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Good luck everyone down under..stay safe , hopefully losses will be minimized today.

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This is the first time since the ‘catastrophic’ level has been used in the ten years since its introduction. A lot if my family live in the areas under ‘catastrophic’ conditions. They are all ready to evacuate or, if the roads are cut they have to ride it out. Pretty frightening situation for many.

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Be safe folks down under!!! Hoping it doesn't get too bad but sounds like you are already there....

Take care!

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Id like to echo the sentiments of my friends here; stay safe everyone. Got a super close OZZIE friend in Tokyo visiting OZ now.. the news says the fires are out of control and that the firefighters are having a difficult time. God's speed guys!

In the Blue Mountains on the outskirts of Sydney, veteran Winmalee firefighter Alan Gardiner said locals were "terrified and on edge."

I really really hope the fires don't reach the blue mountains. that area is hands down one of the most beautiful places in OZ I hear... I actually always wanted to go there.

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I hope the Australian government gives a damn for the firefighters and residents Down Under. It's not like that in the USA right now.

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Australia could use a few of our typhoons.

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Australia could use a few of our typhoons.

brother, hate to disagree but typhoons are not going to blow out the fires. They make them spread.

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Aly RustomToday 01:35 pm JST

Australia could use a few of our typhoons.

brother, hate to disagree but typhoons are not going to blow out the fires. They make them spread.

Not with the amount of rain they bring.

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OK, so it's not a typhoon but like the article says the cool southerly change expected to blow in to the fire areas today is only going to make things more difficult by turning the fire around and blowing it towards more populated areas. No rain with it, so you've got the drawbacks of a typhoon with none of the benefits - if I can use that word about a typhoon.

Apart from country towns, it's the outer, semi-rural suburbs of major cities like Sydney that face most danger in fires like this - as happened around Melbourne in 2009.

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Not with the amount of rain they bring.

Fair enough

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