State Of Emergency Declared In Canberra By Forest Fires

Sydney (Australia), Jan. 31 (EFE) .- The Australian authorities declared Friday the state of emergency in the Australian Capital Territory, which includes Canberra, for a forest fire that threatens to spread to the south of the city.

The measure, which has been effective immediately, will be in effect for the duration of the fire risk in Canberra, the chief minister of the capital, Andrew Barr, told the media.

The fires “can be left out of control” so that the state of emergency “serves for families to prepare” in the face of danger, said the minister on this measure, which had not been activated in Canberra for 17 years, which has 400,000 inhabitants.


The Australian meteorological service predicted for the coming days a temperature rise to 40 degrees Celsius and strong gusts of wind that could fan the fires.

The main concern is focused on a focus in the Orroral Valley, south of the capital, which has already razed 18,000 hectares.

More than 80 forest fires continue to burn in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales, the most affected by the fires.

From September until now the fires have claimed the lives of 33 people and have razed land larger than the size of Syria (180,000 square kilometers). EFE