Total Fire Ban...And It's Still Winter!

19 August, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Leah Owens
  • An out-of-control fire burns near Ulladulla on the NSW south coast. Image NSW RFS

A blaze at Salt Ash in Port Stephens had earlier been fanned by northwesterly winds, but was downgraded from watch and act to advice early on Friday evening. Embers may be blown ahead of the fire, creating spot fires.

Crews from the Rural Fire Service spent Wednesday battling more than 80 fires across the state, with 50 uncontained.

People have been told to leave for central Ulladulla from the towns of Burrill Lake, Kings Point and south of Ulladulla if they are unprepared or have a bushfire plan to leave.

This week's unseasonal bushfires stretching the length of the NSW coast from the Queensland border to Victoria have also destroyed three homes and 22 outbuildings.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has completed the first stage of property assessments following the fire, which has burnt through more than 3,300 hectares and is still out of control.

The fire is now moving in an easterly direction.

Conditions are deteriorating with stronger than expected winds.


The main concern right now for the RFS is on the South Coast, where emergency warnings have been declared for out of control fires near Nowra and Ulladulla.

The fires destroyed two homes at Bemboka and damaged one home at Nowra, it's since been confirmed.

Genoa bridge collapse: thousands attend state funeral for victims
Davide Capello was driving across the bridge toward the Italian city of Genoa when suddenly, the road dropped out from under him. The event will be led by the city's archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, and attended by President Sergio Mattarella and Conte.

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at age of 76
A memorial concert is also in the works. "That's all we need", he said in an interview early Friday. She reportedly left the stage in tears following the performance.

Starbucks introduces new vegan coffee drinks to its menu
Also, this drink could be a way to just have coffee in the morning but still have a side of nutrition. Starting today, August 14, the two new Cold Brew options can be purchased at your local coffee shop.

Fire crews have been on high alert, after the entire state of New South Wales was last week declared as either "in drought" or "drought affected", bringing dry conditions.

"We're definitely not out of the woods yet but we're getting there", he said.

Firefighters are working to slow the bushfire's spread and establish containment lines, according to the RFS.

"In my time I don't recall quite as many fires and the length and breadth of the fires", he said.

"We are concerned about a return to these gusty conditions on Saturday", he said.

Sydney Helicopters said Mr Tull's death will be felt by all in the firefighting community and beyond.

"It will take a lot of rainfall to make up for that moisture deficit", he said, adding that without a decent spring rainfall we would be "entering uncharted territory".

"It is a really early start to these severe fires, and it's only really been three months since the last serious fire we had, which was in April".


  • Turkey does not wish to have problems with US  - foreign minister

    Turkey does not wish to have problems with US - foreign minister

    He also noted that Moscow appreciates Turkey's rejection to join the anti-Russia sanctions by the West, saying the U.S. Turkey has a track record of using national currencies in global trade.
    Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers

    Roethlisberger echoed those sentiments past year , saying , "You can replace a lot of body parts, but you can't replace a brain". On the next play, he stood tall in the face of a rush before throwing a high pass into the middle of the end zone for Graham.
    De Bruyne to miss three months for Manchester City

    De Bruyne to miss three months for Manchester City

    Wembley is not an option given it hosts an National Football League clash that day and Twickenham has also been ruled out. When you are maybe playing for the Premier League, four games away is a little bit different.
  • JUST IN: Kofi Annan is dead

    JUST IN: Kofi Annan is dead

    Annan was appointed as a joint United Nations and Arab League envoy to Syria in 2012 after the outbreak of war there. Mr Annan was the first black African to become UN Secretary-General, a role he held between 1997 and 2006.
    Motorola phone 'brazen copy' of iPhone X

    Motorola phone 'brazen copy' of iPhone X

    Shortly after the iPhone X launched with its notched screen, many Android phone makers started producing. well, similar phones . It also has 6GB RAM , 128GB storage , a fingerprint sensor - embedded in the logo on the rear - and facial recognition.

    Blistering First Trailer For Star Wars Resistance Takes Flight

    Announced back in April , Star Wars Resistance is a new anime-inspired animated series that will air on Disney Channel this fall. My grandfather was a pilot and my uncle flew and restored planes, so that's been a big influence on me.
  • Bill Maher On Trump’s Aretha Tweet: President Can’t Say RIP Without Lying

    Bill Maher On Trump’s Aretha Tweet: President Can’t Say RIP Without Lying

    In one segment, she says she witnessed Trump tell his son to have extramarital affairs, while boasting of his own dalliances. In response, Trump told her that it would be a ratings magnet and probably make The Apprentice the most viewed show on TV.
    Fox News' Chris Wallace Criticizes Trump For Commenting On Paul Manafort Trial

    Fox News' Chris Wallace Criticizes Trump For Commenting On Paul Manafort Trial

    After a trial spanning almost three weeks, Manafort, 69, is awaiting a verdict on 18 tax evasion and bank fraud charges. The prosecution could request a mistrial, but such a maneuver was very unlikely, Ohlin said.
    Elon Musk Opens up About the

    Elon Musk Opens up About the "Excruciating" Year He's Had

    Musk also spoke about the short-sellers - or those investors betting against Tesla's stock price - that he has very publicly bemoaned.
  • Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'

    Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'

    If it's based on intelligence Brennan has seen since leaving the CIA , Burr says that's an intelligence breach. Dozens of other former spies signaled their support for the statement .
    Scarlett Johansson is highest paid actress for 2018

    Scarlett Johansson is highest paid actress for 2018

    Angelina Jolie follows behind with $28 million, due to her contract for the upcoming sequel, Maleficient II . This year, only two women broached the $20 million mark, down from three in 2017 and four in 2016.
    Nokia Android Pie plans reportedly covering all of its portfolio

    Nokia Android Pie plans reportedly covering all of its portfolio

    The App Actions feature has already existed on Android OS since Android 8.0 Oreo since previous year but in the rudimentary form. With such a problem before users had implemented a beta version of Android 9 .0 DP4, the result is moved to a release version.


USA bishops urge Vatican to investigate former DC cardinal
The bishops also propose improving confidential channels for reporting complaints, and better procedures to resolve abuse cases. But there is a possibility clergy involved could face criminal charges if they failed to report certain abuse allegations.

Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas Share Photos from Engagement Party in India!
Nick's eldest sibling Kevin, 30, also joined in on the praise, penning: 'Congratulations @nickjonas and @priyankachopra'. Dressed in a silk, olive green dress, Priyanka was captured arm in arm with the Jealous singer.

Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul is dead
While The Mimic Men won the WH Smith Literary Award in 1968, In a Free State won the Booker Prize for Fiction. It would later become the setting for his first novel , written in 1959 and titled Miguel Street.

Netflix Fires Michelle Wolf After She Fails to Attract Enough Viewers
On Sept. 14, the platform will debut Norm Macdonald Has a Show and on October 28, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj will premiere. Meanwhile, the streaming service also canceled Chelsea Handler's talk show Chelsea past year .

Trump warns Turkey after court rejects freedom for USA pastor
Turkey and its firms face repayments of almost $3.8 billion on foreign currency bonds in October, Societe Generale has calculated. Debt rating downgrades typically mean higher borrowing costs as investors demand steeper interest rates to take on riskier debt.

Celebrity Big Brother: Stormy Daniels VT aired by Rylan on BOTS
Moore said Daniels offered to appear on the Celebrity Big Brother live launch to explain the situation but was told she could not. Presenter Kaye Adams said Daniels was prevented from appearing on the show due to legal issues.

Wall Street gains as earnings beat; Turkish lira rebounds
S&P 500 e-minis were up 8.25 points, or 0.29 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 30 points, or 0.40 percent. Intel slid 0.5 percent after disclosing three more possible flaws in some of its microprocessors.

Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin With Moving Performance
Her recording success continued across the 70s, with 1972's Young, Gifted and Black and 1976's Sparkle both achieving Gold stats. Her first secular albums in the early 1960s blended R&B styles with pop and jazz and achieved only modest success .

The Eagles used lockers to subtly troll the Patriots
I know how hard it is to win that last game, and they did it and congrats to them. "It feels pretty good", Foles said postgame. Brady, who had been managing a sore back, did not play in the preseason opener August 9 against the Washington Redskins .

Watch Deontay Wilder Crash Tyson Fury’s Weigh-In, Clash With Fighter’s Dad
Wilder caused a huge stir, chanting "bomb squad" and baiting Fury and his team into a huge reaction in front of the masses. Wilder and Tyson Fury then came face-to-face in the lobby of the Europa Hotel, with dozens of fans holding them apart.