An Australian bushfire that has charred a quarter of a million hectares is destroying the country’s wild, pristine wilderness, but has been devastating the countrys tourism industry, and even forcing Australia’s government to step in to save it.
The blaze is burning across Australia, but the scale and intensity of the damage is staggering, with some parts of the country still in the dark as to the extent of the destruction.
It has scorched the iconic Blue Mountains, the iconic and iconic Blue Mountain and the rugged, isolated southern-west coast of New South Wales.
The flames are raging over the Blue Mountains region, with fires burning in the Great Blue Mountains Wilderness, the Red Deer National Park, the Western Australia’s Blue Mountains National Park and the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
The Blue Mountains is Australia’s second-largest and one of the last major wilderness areas untouched by fires in its modern history, and has seen significant growth in the last few decades, as new tourism has increased demand for accommodation, campsites and camping.
It is considered the most scenic place in the country, and it is estimated that about 70 per cent of the world’s 1.3 billion people live in its rugged landscape.
More than a million campers are expected to arrive at the Blue Mountain Wilderness Park this weekend, but as of Wednesday night, there were still no signs of the blaze, which has charred at least 400,000 hectares, or about a quarter the state of Victoria.
The extent of damage to the region is unknown, and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Wednesday night that it was too early to assess the extent and severity of the fire.
BOM spokesperson Greg Wardle told Al Jazeera that there were “serious issues” to investigate, with “major fires occurring in remote and isolated areas”.
In the Red Denim National Park just outside the Blue Mounts Wilderness, a small fire was burning near the lodge, but there was no indication of a serious fire in the lodge at the time of the BOM’s statement.
Wardle said the blaze was “very active”, and that “there are some people living in the park who are worried”.
Wardle explained that the Bomm is now investigating whether the lodge fire was caused by a “controlled fire” or an accidental fire.
“There are many fires in the area that have started on the grounds, so it’s not the first time that there have been controlled fires in that area, and there have also been controlled wildfires,” he said.
Wardle confirmed that there are no reports of deaths or injuries, but he did not provide any details. “
It’s a big fire, it’s a fire that has burnt over 400,00 hectares.”
Wardle confirmed that there are no reports of deaths or injuries, but he did not provide any details.
Wardles statement also said the Boms firefighting teams are assessing the impact on the surrounding area.
“This is not a forest fire,” Wardle continued.
“The fire is a fire burning on a large area, on the ground and it’s still under containment and the smoke is still pouring in.
It’s just very, very bad news for the local community, the people who live and work in the nearby townships.”
The fires were also threatening to engulf nearby communities and townships.
The Red Denims National Park sits on the Blue Peaks Wilderness, and Wardle also told Aljazeera that the park had “significant areas” that have not been impacted by the blaze.
“That’s where we’re working in those areas and those areas are under containment,” he told Alja.
Wardles comments came after the Bomp issued a statement on Wednesday that called for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to “work quickly to ensure that the areas affected by the fire are not left vulnerable to future uncontrolled fire.” “
I don’t want to say that the area is totally destroyed, but it is a very, large area.”
Wardles comments came after the Bomp issued a statement on Wednesday that called for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to “work quickly to ensure that the areas affected by the fire are not left vulnerable to future uncontrolled fire.”
It said that a National Park Service (NPS) team had been working in “full coordination with local communities and stakeholders” in the Blue Lakes and Red Denimes areas.
Wardly told Alijag that there was “significant progress” in responding to the fires, and that the “environmental management process is underway”.
The statement also stressed that the NPS team had not been able to provide information about the extent or extent of “significant damage” to the surrounding areas, and did not include any additional information.
The NPWS, however, said it was “working closely with local authorities” and the regional councils to provide “support and guidance” to communities affected by “the fires.”
Wardly confirmed that the fire has been “active” and that a team of NPWS firefighters and fire fighters had been deployed to the area.
The agency said the fire “is a major fire that