Australia's main cities choked by smoke from bushfires, some out of control

Bear in his special vest and boots

Bear in his special vest and boots

As extra folks within the southeast of the nation have been informed to evacuate their properties and schoolchildren in Sydney have been once more compelled to play indoors, Morrison dismissed mounting requires motion.

In an interview with ABC radio on Thursday, Morrison was asked why he turned down a meeting with former fire chiefs who'd warned that overlapping fire seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres could make it hard to source water bombing aircraft.

Drought, unseasonably sizzling, dry and windy circumstances have fuelled the unprecedented blazes.

Rising temperatures due to climate change - according to CBS News weather contributor Jeff Berardelli - dry out soil and vegetation, which in turn becomes more flammable.

The incident took place in Port Macquarie, which is a town in New South Wales, that is now being hit by Australian bushfires.

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Australia has signed up to globally agreed climate targets to help limit warming, but its emissions continue to rise and targets are only being met with the use of some creative carbon accounting - using credits gained in past decades.

Morrison's conservative government has committed to the Paris Agreement for a cut in emissions from 26% to 28% by 2030, versus 2005 levels.

Devastating fires alongside the nation's east coast have claimed six lives since mid-October.

Authorities in Victoria issued a Code Red alert, indicating the worst possible bushfire conditions, saying that the fires would be fast moving, unpredictable, and likely uncontrollable.

Victoria Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville said firefighters were batting "some of the worst conditions that you'd expect to see, often in February or March, and we're seeing them in November".

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There are also "watch and act" alerts in place for a pair of small fires west of Armidale at Abington and Camerons Creek and a fire west of Albury in southern NSW on the Riverina Highway at Coreen.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said the Sydney smoke was coming from about 50 fires burning in the state's north, with authorities warning the haze will not lift until later this evening.

Australians are known for digging deep when times are tough to help one another.

In the state of New South Wales, strong winds blew smoke from 60 fires still burning over much of Sydney, shrouding the harbor city and its famous landmarks in thick smog.

Australia's summer doesn't even start officially until December 1 but gale force winds and expected record-breaking temperatures throughout the day Wednesday could exacerbate risky fire conditions.

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