Schools closed due to heatwave and bushfire risk

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Editor / January 30 2020

The bureau of meteorology (BOM) has issued a fire weather warning due to the increased extreme heatwave predicted.

"Warm, dry and windy conditions will bring elevated fire dangers to the southeastern parts of New South Wales, ACT"

Victoria has also been issued with with a weather warning, severe fire danger forecast in the following areas:

  • Mallee
  • Wimmera
  • Northern Country
  • North Central
  • South West
  • Central

Western Australia has a Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following fire weather district:

  • West Pilbara Coast

Tasmania is also affected Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:

  • East Coast
  • Midlands
  • Upper Derwent
  • South East and Central Plateau

Satellite image of Australia, January 31. Credit: BOM

Satellite image of Australia, January 31. Credit: BOM

The following NSW public schools will be temporarily non-operational on Friday 31 January:

  • Bermagui Public School
  • Bodalla Public School
  • Bredbo Public School
  • Candelo Public School
  • Central Tilba Public School
  • Jerangle Public School
  • Michelago Public School
  • Moruya High School
  • Moruya Public School
  • Narooma High School
  • Narooma Public School
  • Tanja Public School
  • Towamba Public School
  • Wolumla Public School
  • Wyndham Public School


The heatwave conditions bring a high fire alert, at this stage there has not been a catastrophic warning issued.

November saw hundreds of school closures due to catastrophic fire conditions.

"Catastrophic is off the conventional scale. We are talking about indices that go well beyond the old scale of 100.", NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, said at the time

Michelle Connolly has worked as a photo director, social media manager and photo editor at some of Australia's biggest media companies, including New Idea. She is now editor of Practical Parenting and loving mum-of-two.