Storm may accelerate Australia wildfires spread

Australian firefighters worked desperately to try and contain a series of massive wildfires burning in mountains west of Sydney ahead of a storm bringing with it high winds and lightning.

The town of Lithgow, Australia has already seen some rain, but the new weather development is adding to the danger for firefighters battling huge fires in the area.

“We’re tracking a fairly active storm cell or some storm activity near Bathurst heading towards the back end of the Blue Mountains,” said Shane Fitzsimmons, New South Wales’s Rural Fire Service Commissioner.

“It’s tracking toward the Blackheath area, which is where they’re doing that very critically important back burning.”

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