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Australia fires: nation braces for ‘catastrophic’ bushfire week

February 9, 2020

We know the weather forecast
for tomorrow is at catastrophic levels and based on that, plus the conditions
we’ve experienced in the last few days, I’ve accepted the advice
of Commissioner Fitzsimmons and declared a state of emergency
across New South Wales. – We’ve got to keep
reminding ourselves that catastrophic is off
the conventional scale. We are talking about indices
that go well beyond the old scale of 100. Homes that are specifically
designed and built to withstand bushfires are not done so
for catastrophic conditions. Catastrophic conditions are where
lives are lost, it’s where people die. The risk is absolutely real. – This is one o’clock in the morning
out at Bobin. Gotta two-storey house
fully involved. Poor buggers, lost everything. We are literally ringed by fire. Everywhere you look,
there’s just fire. Fire, fire bloody everywhere, fire. – We’ve also identified
and brought on our third large air tanker
over the weekend. It’s now up and operational
and available for deployment. So we’ll have three here
in New South Wales at the moment. – I also want to assure
the community that Commissioner Fitzsimmons
and all of our agencies have authority to undertake
and utilise any resource they need. I’ve said to them as the premier:
“You do what you need to do and we’ll sort out the details later.” Tomorrow is about protecting life. – This fire has been so intense. Never seen anything like it. – Under catastrophic conditions,
the safest thing you can do is not be in an at-risk area. [Under] catastrophic conditions,
the focus is principally and foremost on life safety. Life is at risk when it comes
to catastrophic conditions. – If you’re told to evacuate,
please do so. If you’re told to take certain
actions, please do so. And, for heaven’s sake,
stay away from bushland tomorrow.


  • Reply Guardian News November 12, 2019 at 9:58 am

    NSW and Queensland fires: Berejiklian declares state of emergency amid 'catastrophic' bushfire conditions – live ►

  • Reply Keith Bawden November 13, 2019 at 9:53 pm


  • Reply Charming nowhere to hide November 13, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    I’m 32 and 43 kms away from the fires everyone stay safe

  • Reply Raja Ali November 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Its like harp technology
    use i think so

  • Reply Influential Topic November 14, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Can people stop lighting fires? It's not even funny.

  • Reply Robbbyg November 14, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Blame the Greens for the scope of damage. In their idiocy they dont allow home owners to make fire breaks during winter. Voters reap what you sow.

  • Reply krista karin November 14, 2019 at 10:25 am

    why other countrys not helping ???

  • Reply Emily An November 14, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I’m suffering from this tomorrow

  • Reply fouoii gyhh November 14, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Disgusting that there are looters stealing from people’s homes after they evacuated

  • Reply Benjamin Falzon November 14, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    The state of Victoria is heading for a wildfire disaster, and they can't blame the climate. In Victoria, we had cool weather and plenty of rainfall, so there aren't any shortages of wildfire fuel due to the volume of rain Victoria has received, all that is required now is the right conditions for the arsonists to light Victoria up.

  • Reply dino cali November 15, 2019 at 3:12 am

    What a karma!

  • Reply Keith Bawden November 15, 2019 at 3:34 am

    218 suspicious fires have been investigated in Queensland since September 2019, with 86 investigations finalised – 48 of those have led to policing action, with 66 people being dealt with by police! This does not sound like the Catastrophe is caused by Climate Change/Global Warming. It is something far more sinister!

  • Reply Rock girl November 15, 2019 at 4:39 am

    The weather was quite nice actually.

  • Reply Deep hug November 15, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    If you can leave then leave.

  • Reply Gina Clements November 16, 2019 at 12:26 am

    This is a direct result of the fossil fuel industry not giving a s*** about Australians. Profit over people has to end or every place becomes Australia

  • Reply Emily Nguyen November 16, 2019 at 9:07 am

    My school doesn’t even care

  • Reply Christy Jeba November 16, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Feel sorry for the people. Now understand why Austrlian government keep all the asylum seekers out of Australia in near by small islands.

  • Reply Jhon Sherly November 16, 2019 at 10:27 am

    It’s so so nice/😆🤣🤣.Im happy and hope fire and burn all of territory of Australia/ specially liberal party

  • Reply A O November 16, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    0:57: "Fire, fire bloody everywhere, fire."

    "The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up." (Revelation 8:7)

  • Reply Lucas's Dimension November 17, 2019 at 1:30 am

    I saw that massive pink plane

  • Reply Twee TT November 17, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    This is truly devastating… rip for those life being taken from this horror… 😭

  • Reply KHf_xcs November 19, 2019 at 7:19 am

    World is going to end?

  • Reply Richard Fehlberg November 20, 2019 at 4:00 am

    EVERYONE STOP USING FOSSIL FUELS ! Our CO2 emissions are off the chart.

  • Reply Bean Bro November 20, 2019 at 4:46 am

    I’m from the US and I’m sorry I can’t help. Stay safe people we are thinking of u.

  • Reply molly gates November 20, 2019 at 5:50 am


  • Reply Andre Alcantara Nelson de Araujo November 20, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    OUR LUNGS IS BURNING HELP!!!! HEY MACRON SEND MONEY TO 🌏AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONAL INTERVETION GREEN PEACE🌏AUSTRALIA Burning fireWorld must ocupate Australia florest and protect the world environment .🙏🏻🌏 world Koala in the Fires

  • Reply Shroppy 0407 November 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Global warming guys !

  • Reply Tate Mushroom November 21, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I know the stress of this I wish Australia luck from canada

  • Reply Jenniifer Huynh November 21, 2019 at 11:03 am

    This was really heart warming!my school raised 255$ for the bush fire

  • Reply Yasmeen Flower November 22, 2019 at 3:26 am

    I live 3 hours away from the bushfires

  • Reply Anang Minam Siram November 22, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Human greed…… Has resulted this

  • Reply Douglas Myles November 23, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, from California!

  • Reply abz lol November 23, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Even though it not close to me I wish to anyone that is to stay safe best wishes to all Aussies in that area.

  • Reply Wounded Healer November 23, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Turn off the 5G and watch the fires stop.

  • Reply Jonathan A. Quinn November 23, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Maybe if they turn off 5G the fires will stop?

    “We know the 5G forecast for tomorrow is at catastrophic levels.”

  • Reply Justin Payne November 23, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Can any one else see that the Australian Liberal Government are starting the fires or is it just me, Where is Scott Morrison during it all……keeping his bloody head down low, that's where he is, and taking into account that the Liberal run Media predicting the worst Bush Fire season that we have ever seen this year before the Bush Fires started says it all "how did they know"……….BECAUSE IT WAS PLANED, if one simply delves into what the Globalist Liberals are doing around this world it is not hard to see, they think we are all bloody stupid

  • Reply Doc Hollywood November 24, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Just like Cali fires only targeting homes and not trees. Hmmmm…

  • Reply Belle Delphines huge dripping CREAMPIE November 25, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Catastrophic Bushfires are yearly threat in Australia, it isn't new or unseen before…. Why now is it receiving international attention, why didn't it in 2015, 2009, 2003 and so on…?

  • Reply Sonny Bill November 26, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Bloody Fire Nation 🤦🏼‍♂️

  • Reply Znc Shaun November 27, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    You know what’s funny… when Cali is having fires that destroy whole city’s and kill over 50 people no one cares but when a koala dies you guys are freaking out.

  • Reply richard kuda November 29, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    So so sas. Australians are so nice people.

  • Reply Maggie Diamond December 2, 2019 at 7:50 am

    From a Kiwi too our neighbors across the pond, all my prayers an love and loads of rain sending your way Australia xx

  • Reply P McFadden December 3, 2019 at 8:52 am

    get out. get to safety. this is crazy. im sorry.

  • Reply Tommy December 4, 2019 at 6:39 am


  • Reply Amelia Betts December 4, 2019 at 10:52 am

    The fires have been horrible my family lives in Batemans Bay and the fire is supposed to be about 7km from the house

  • Reply Johntay Soreh December 6, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I live in nsw and I can’t see any burns I can just smell smoke everywhere I go

  • Reply 橋本絵莉子 December 7, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Hey Australia you got there a very pervert BBQ Event you better all catch a Koala and get the hell out of this Continent before ending up as a torch alive.

  • Reply anthony mills December 7, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Just another bushfire, only this time its worse than previous ones, due to the fact that they haven't been back burning thanks to the Greens….

  • Reply Paul Munneke December 7, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Plough the fiels

  • Reply Gary Hughes December 8, 2019 at 12:20 am

    These fires are something that I have never experienced in my 66 years on this earth. Human life, property, animals are bearing the brunt of this disaster. The air is polluted with smoke and ash all throughout the Eastern part of the State and people and animals are suffering. Please, please do whatever you can do to help. Peoples lives and homes have been lost. This is real.

  • Reply xXItzKashaGeeXx December 8, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Fireworks just exploded in bundamba. I live about 10 mins away from bundamba.
    My dads mum had to evacuate her home.
    My suburbs and a few more are told to keep an eye out. I'm not sure how much longer until we have to evacuate.
    The air is so smoky. I had to go to the doctors because I have a bad cough and I don't think the smoke is helping it. Today the air was so smoky that if was hard to see long distance from where you were standing.
    But I hope all you Australians are safe and I hope you guys can recover form any damaged caused on you or your family and please just be wise. It's not very safe in neither Queensland or NSW.

  • Reply Richard Raman December 8, 2019 at 3:41 am

    These are man-made bush fires.

  • Reply lydia S.Roberts December 9, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    A small suggestion: If the machines are used to dig up mud around the fire rings, the chances of it spreading are less. The wood that caught fire will anyways burn to the core, but if, mud is hastened to the burning logs, the wood may turn into coal and stop burning, sooner than watching it burn and quenching with water or dust.

  • Reply EggSimulator December 9, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Bye bye planet!

  • Reply Matt Sterling December 11, 2019 at 10:53 am

    @1:35 Catastrophic conditions are catastrophic as catastrophic conditions become more and more catastrophic in the catastrophic conditions. He loves that word doesn’t he.

  • Reply Alfi Baxter December 12, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Since people are lighting these fires, I have to ask if they belong to any particular organisation that's trying to make a point here. Do they belong to the Climate change protesters? Or are they with another group? Because I think this is sabotaege

  • Reply Ernest Porter December 20, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Burn Australia Burn this country just like America, Britain and the other white countries have Brought so much Atrocities in the world. Yah judgement is coming upon you with all of your military might Can't Stop Yah JUDGEMENT.

  • Reply Jesus is coming, are you ready??? December 20, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I'm an Indian and I am ready to do volunteer fire seize work. I have Indian passport. +919048828810

  • Reply Strait Arrow December 21, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Radicals within the Green Party are lighting these fires. To inflame outrage over Global Warming.

  • Reply ALAN BROWN December 21, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Australian authorities really need to get tough on firebugs, life really needs to mean life for these scumbags!!!

  • Reply • leahpotatoechip • December 21, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Im terrified my cousin is from Australia 😨😰

  • Reply chris georgallis December 24, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Its ALL sabotaged by our own Government / Military.
    Drive up prices,clear land people.
    Question everything.
    Too many fires.

  • Reply Richard December 29, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Bring on the clowns…

  • Reply *PeachyzTomLemonz * December 29, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Australia is having a bad year

    Townsville had floods

    NSW is having a lot of fire

    And other stuff

  • Reply justin Time December 29, 2019 at 10:13 pm


  • Reply SavageGardenYesMcrFUCKNO December 30, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Hope everything will be great again, Australia is a beautiful heaven and i can't see it been destroyed sending love my beauties :'( <3

  • Reply Family Time December 31, 2019 at 4:33 am

    What about taking of the plants of the fields so the fire does not spread and move the trees cause the wind is helping the fire to regenerate and the trees are helping the wind is helping the fire AND WE NEED TO HELP THE ANIMALS

  • Reply S January 1, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Australia is just right below my country dude

  • Reply George Wardy January 2, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Will someone Explain why with all Deforestation in the Amazon :Why in Australia . That Large areas of Bushes etc close to Property's have not been cut down?

  • Reply Jason Wong January 2, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    On the plus side everyone should get a really decent tan this summer.

  • Reply Paul Petroff January 3, 2020 at 8:57 am

    So bushfires happen in winter not summer?

  • Reply Margot Ambrosio January 3, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Beriev Be-200 !!!! Russuan Fire Help reunion Island fire in 2010 NOW

  • Reply ahmad haji January 4, 2020 at 5:25 am

    To heal

  • Reply ahmad haji January 4, 2020 at 5:25 am

    To heal to heal

  • Reply Dan January 4, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    This is unquestionably Australia's 9/11 . Agenda 21 means large areas MUST be owned by the government and the people MUST leave or die

  • Reply Sad lonley cat meow January 5, 2020 at 3:49 am

    First Amazon now Australia whats next

  • Reply Mongol अभियान । January 5, 2020 at 6:45 am

    pray for australia

  • Reply Speed Two January 5, 2020 at 11:32 am

    What has the queen donated?

  • Reply YOGI jangid January 5, 2020 at 11:50 am


  • Reply sukhjit singh Singh January 5, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Australia is a rich country but Australia's Government not control the fire so, Australia people take help from other countries.

  • Reply EC ಠ_ಠ January 5, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    We be praying, from WA

  • Reply sukhjit singh Singh January 6, 2020 at 12:50 am

    Cut trees from few distance from fire

  • Reply Harpreet Singh January 6, 2020 at 3:52 am

    We be praying from india

  • Reply Binarao Angel January 6, 2020 at 8:04 am

    What happened? Why there is a fire in Australia?..

  • Reply Sidionian January 6, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Anyone else wanna join me in the bushland for a hellraising shrimp on the barbie?

  • Reply pilipiknow ravioli January 6, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Why not make an tower outpost on ever hunderd aq miles for the fire wacher to warn the authority on the start of a fire to prevent it from spreading??

  • Reply Tushar Sankhala January 6, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Pray for animals all…… 😕😕😕😕😕

  • Reply Alibaba Blackthorn January 7, 2020 at 10:27 am

    The white Europeans took Australia by genocide judgment comes by fire 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Reply the angel the girl January 8, 2020 at 1:29 am

    save my country plz😥😣

  • Reply Wayne Jakamarra January 9, 2020 at 6:52 am

    And where's the fire fighting tracked robot when you need it? I'm thinking that robot could've helped….

  • Reply Donald D January 9, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Where is Anastasia? Qld’ers have not heard anything from her! (“ nothing beats Queensland?? “) we have heard Nothing! She is not here…. and the media is SILENT! They are silent!

    That’s how you know Chanel 7, Channel9, Channel 10… that’s how you know you are corrupt.. Qld leader is MIA in a disaster , and none of you say anything! Instead you attack our PM, you attack the Leader.. when QLD had Floods, just like fires the responsibility lays on the premier… a premier who has been found by court to have failed.. where is the Anastasia????

  • Reply FroztByte Gamer January 11, 2020 at 6:31 am

    Are the huntsman spiders extinct yet?

  • Reply Techno Penguin January 16, 2020 at 12:06 am

    It’s terrible to hear that your own country is burning..
    The smoke here is absolutely terrible.

  • Reply Narcossiss January 18, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    cigs are bad m'kay?

  • Reply star Irihh fmly January 20, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    A aag kaise lagi itni sari

  • Reply Toxic Tiger gaming January 27, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Help aus plzzzzz

  • Reply Thien Dang an January 31, 2020 at 1:43 am

    Here in US we still have the corona virus and the Iran war is about to start…

  • Reply The Merovingian February 1, 2020 at 3:21 am

    That many spiders huh

  • Reply wierdo762 February 1, 2020 at 5:46 am

    Stupid question but how u die from fires is it that fast ? don’t u see it coming ?

  • Reply jeremy moviefan February 1, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Shout out too Australia stay strong.

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