back to top

Sydney And New South Wales Are Currently In The Grips Of A Bushfire Crisis

...and Social Media is going cray.

Posted on

Temperatures on Thursday October 17 peaked over 35 degrees celcius (95F), with winds of over 88km/hr (55 miles an hour!)

A 25 floor building in Sydney caught alight and was fanned by strong winds down Goulburn Street.

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has added:

''This is as bad as it gets. You're talking people losing everything they own. You're talking key community infrastructure being destroyed by fire today. You're talking massive dislocation to arterial roads and transport corridors.

"We haven't even taken an assessment yet of the utilities that have been damaged or destroyed. There's talk of water treatment centres, there's talk of power-line infrastructure."

This means that even those living away from the danger of fire in the middle of the Sydney Metropolitan Area may also be affected by the fire through contaminated water.

Traffic in Sydney was gridlocked on the M4 Westbound, M2 Westbound, and M5 Westbound. The Hume Motorway is closed near Mittagong. Bells Line of Road is also closed to the Blue Mountains, meaning traffic has more than doubled its usual capacity on the Great Western Highway during the afternoon peak.

This post was created by a member of BuzzFeed Community, where anyone can post awesome lists and creations. Learn more or post your buzz!