Australia bushfires: Mega blaze likely on Friday evening – BBC News

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  • Two of Australia’s bush fires are likely to merge into a so-called “mega blaze” on Friday evening, authorities have warned.

    The merger is expected at the border of New South Wales and Victoria and has been feared for days.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned Friday would be “a difficult day in the eastern states” amid forecasts of heat, strong winds and dry lightning.

    In South Australia, Kangaroo Island also faced an abrupt threat.

    A spokesman for the New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service told the BBC the merger of two fires – both of which are out of control – was “imminent” and expected at about 8pm (09:00 GMT).

    The two fires at Dunns Road and East Ournie Creek has firefighters bracing for a difficult night – and aircraft won’t be able to operate after dark.

    More than 100 bushfires are burning in worst-hit NSW alone, but the danger is equally great in Victoria.

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