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Pray for Australia

Drought and Fire

The NSW Rural Fire Service is desperately trying to protect properties around the state, with 14 blazes given emergency warning status and dozens more burning out of control. Windy, dry and hot conditions have pushed the fire danger to extreme on the far north coast and in the New England region.

Conditions are expected to worsen this afternoon and the RFS said there was potential for fires to threaten communities and destroy homes.

Between Forster, on the mid-north coast, and the Queensland border emergency warnings had been issued for fires at Wandsworth, Torrington, Nymboida, Tyringham, Buckra Bendinni, Kosekai Road (west of Bowraville), Willi Willi, the Tapin Tops National Park, the Crowdy Bay National Park, Port Macquarie and Hillville.

A blaze is also burning at emergency level in the Woodford area of the Blue Mountains and those in the area are advised to seek shelter.

Yesterday, a bushfire came within metres of homes in Forster as terrified residents scrambled to flee.

"Everything is on fire and we're stuck in traffic," one woman was heard saying in a video posted to Facebook.

"The fire has jumped across to Harvey Norman and it's burning everything there ... we saw two cars on fire over there."

NSW RFS deputy commissioner Rob Roger said the drought gripping the state had made for dire fire conditions. "While we are dealing with some fires near properties, there are a lot of fires that are more remote that have been burning now for a month or six weeks and in some two months," he said.

"Those fires have the potential to keep burning, getting bigger and coming out into populated areas."We are quite concerned."

Items for Prayer

- Pray for safety and protection for fire fighters and affected residents.

- Pray for government and public support for properties that have been destroyed by fire.

- Pray also for farmers who are affected by the drought condition.

-  Pray for rain in the affected drought area.