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The middle of winter and wildfires in Australia

 Firefighters continue to work to contain the fire burning in the Wentworth Falls area of the Blue Mountains which has burnt more than 340 hectares of bush and threaten houses.

Firefighters continue to work to contain the fire burning in the Wentworth Falls area of the Blue Mountains which has burnt more than 340 hectares of bush and threaten houses.
If this is an indication of what the upcoming fire season will be like Australia needs to be well prepared.

Around 50 firefighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service and National Parks & Wildlife Service worked across the fire ground today and good progress has been made towards containing the fire.

NSW RFS and NPWS Remote Area Firefighting Teams were winched from helicopters into the Jamison Valley today and begun to extinguish the fire burning towards the valley floor. There is a considerable amount of work to do in this area over coming days.

Burning along the Ingar Fire Trial was conducted overnight and completed today. Around 90% of the eastern containment line has been completed except for a small section that was to wet to burn near the old Queen Victoria Hospital. Helicopters may ignite areas of bush behind these control lines tomorrow to burn out any remaining pockets of bush.
Crews will patrol the fire ground tonight before returning tomorrow.
Currently there are no properties at threat.

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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor