With parts of Greater Sydney now facing a “catastrophic” bushfire threat, UK and New Zealand authorities have warned thousands of tourists visiting the country to remain vigilant.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade department warnings come as the New South Wales Rural Fire Service raised its advice for the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter Regions to the highest possible level of risk - catastrophic - today (Tuesday).
According to SBS, more than 50 fires are raging across the state with 30 uncontained, and four fires deemed by authorities to be at “emergency” level.
It is the first time since the catastrophic rating was introduced in 2009 that the Greater Sydney area has faced such a threat, the ABC reported.
RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said, "the reality is conditions will simply continue to get worse and deteriorate over the coming hours and particularly this afternoon".
Meanwhile, some flights along the east coast and in northern NSW regions have been cancelled as airports report low visibility from smoke.
According to News Corp, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Grafton are among the airports affected by the fires.
Visit the New South Wales Rural Fire Service website for updates on the fires.
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