The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has declared a state of emergency as bushfires rage across the state. ‘We know the weather forecast for tomorrow is at catastrophic levels,’ Berejiklian said. The NSW rural fire commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons, said that level was ‘off the conventional scale’ and even houses that were designed and built to withstand bushfires would not survive such extreme conditions. ’Catastrophic conditions are where people die’, he said. The declaration of a state of emergency means emergency services have authority to undertake whatever is deemed necessary and to use any resources to save lives
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