PortandTerminal.com, January 9, 2020
Australia bushfires are getting worse. An emergency warning has been issued for Kangaroo Island in southern Australia.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Australian authorities urged another mass evacuation across the heavily populated southeast on Thursday. The return of hot weather fanned huge bushfires threatening several towns and communities on Kangaroo Island where evacuations have been ordered.
So far, more than 50 homes have been lost and 156,000 hectares destroyed on the island. This includes most of the famed Flinders Chase National Park. Farmers on Kangaroo Island were reportedly shooting fire-injured sheep on Sunday. Residents in parts of the island were given just 5 minutes to evacuate by the Australian Defense Force as the fires approached.
Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews urged communities to be on alert ahead of the extreme conditions. “If you receive instructions to leave, then you must leave,” Andrews said in a televised briefing. “That is the only way to guarantee your safety.”
This most recent call to evacuate in Australia follows the recent evacuation of Mallacoota where the Australian Navy has been working to move many of the 4,000 people trapped by raging bushfires.
Kangaroo Island is a wildlife-rich tourist spot off the southeast coast has a population of 4,700 people (2016) and is home to approximate 60,000 marsupials.
“Are you from the media?” Tell the prime minister he can go and get f***ed!”Paul Parker, Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighter
Residents of the island are furious with the lack of support that they have received from the Australian Government. As recently as Wednesday, the country’s feckless Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a plea for foreign tourists not to be deterred by the fires. A day later, residents were urged to evacuate the island.
Kangaroo Island does have an airport on the eastern side of the island, away from the worst of the fires for now. The Austrian Defense Force (ADF) is reported to be setting up an area around the airport as a staging ground.