Skies Above Port Macquarie Redden as Dangerous Fires Approach
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Sections of Port Macquarie in New South Wales were evacuated as several fires threatened the town on November 8. The encroaching fires turned the sky red, as the Sydney Morning Herald reported there were 82 fires burning in the state. Of those, the Herald said, 16 were rated as “emergency level fires.” Taree and other north coast areas were also under evacuation orders. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service confirmed an unknown number of homes and other buildings had been destroyed. The Daily Telegraph said there were fears for people who were trapped in their homes. The fires saw the Pacific Highway closed between Taree and Bulahdelah, and at Port Macquarie between the Oxley Highway and Hastings River Drive. The fires left the skies above Port Macquarie a reddish-orange, prompting a number of residents to film the eerie scene. Local woman Eliza Tetley captured footage here on November 8 and told Storyful it was filmed when the fire was “about 6 km away.” She said the sky started “going red” at midday, “but there was smoke and burnt leaves falling all day.” Several evacuation centers were set up, according to the New South Wales Police. Credit: Eliza Tetley via Storyful