Sydneysiders were urged to limit their outdoor activities and keep windows closed on Tuesday after air quality deteriorated rapidly. The cause was thick smoke that came from a large bushfire in the north-west of the Australian state of New South Wales.
A forest fire broke out near the town of Pilliga in north-western New South Wales in the first half of December. By Tuesday, it covered an area of over 120,000 hectares, The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported.
Along with strong winds, smoke from the extensive fire reached Sydney, more than 400 kilometers away. Thick smoke hung over the city throughout the day, obscuring buildings.
Appeal to residents
Air quality has deteriorated rapidly in Sydney’s east, north-west and south-west.
Residents were asked to, among other things, limit physical activity outdoors and not open windows at home. Air quality across the city is expected to improve on Wednesday.
The fire caused a storm
At the beginning of the week, firefighting operations were hampered as a result storm caused by the fire itself – said the New South Wales Fire Service. There was the formation of flammagenitus clouds, which are formed as a result of strong heating of moist air by combustion at the Earth’s surface. These clouds can cause thunderstorms with lightning and strong winds.
As of Tuesday evening local time, 76 fires were raging across the state, 27 of which were uncontained.
smh.com.au, Reuters, tvnmeteo.pl
Main photo source: X.com/NSW RFS