Over 100 bushfires ravage northern NSW in Australia

16:21, December 10, 2009      

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Bushfires continue to ravage New South Wales (NSW), Australia, destroying farmland and threatening homes, with firefighters tackling more than 100 blazes across the state on Thursday.

Queensland firefighters are being sent to help relieve southern counterparts battling 80 fires across northern NSW.

NSW Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan said the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service was sending 36 personnel, including frontline firefighters and liaison officers.

"The teams from Queensland will work alongside local firefighters, who are dealing with an increased level of fire activity as a result of recent lightning strikes," Whan said in a statement.

"There are now more than 80 fires across the north of the state, with around 30 of those uncontained," Whan said.

Whan said the deployment of Queensland firefighters continued along tradition of states helping each other during bushfires.

"In October, NSW deployed around 80 firefighters to Queensland," he said, adding "now, as our state experiences an increased bushfire risk, Queensland is lending us a helping hand".

"The Queensland crews will not only provide assistance to local firefighters dealing with fires across northern NSW, but will also give some of our other crews some much needed respite," he added.

Some 2,000 personnel continue to battle more than 100 fires, mostly in northwest NSW, with the majority started on Tuesday when a thunderstorm passed through the area.

Source: Xinhua
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