State of emergency declared as fires continue to flare up in Australia

Officials in Australia warned soaring heat and high winds were already exceeding forecast “catastrophic” conditions today as millions of people across the country’s east coast braced for the worst bushfires in at least a 10 years.
Officials declared a state of emergency for all of New South Wales, the country’s most populous state.
“Catastrophic” conditions — the highest fire danger rating in the country — are expected to hit three areas in New South Wales, including the greater Sydney area.
Residents were warned that homes cannot withstand this level of fires and that leaving early is the only way to survive.