“The NSW Premier has declared a seven-day state of emergency, and the fire chief is predicting “the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen”.
“Last night, Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons wrote to Gladys Berejiklian and asked her to grant him emergency powers under the State of Emergency and Rescue Management Act.
“Authorities announced this afternoon they would also be extending the catastrophic fire dangers to Illawarra and Shoalhaven in addition to the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter regions.
“The NSW Education Department also announced over 350 schools would be closed on Tuesday.
“”Our state has already been hit by some of the most devastating bushfires we have ever seen, with three lives lost and more than 150 structures destroyed,” Ms Berejiklian said.”
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