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Massive blaze burns through central Australia close to well-known tourist town

In central Australia, a massive fire has been raging for over a week. Tennant Creek, a popular tourist destination, is rapidly approaching.The authorities are worried because the wind might change direction and put the people who live there in danger.

Nicole Manison, who is currently leading the Northern Territory, announced a state of emergency for the entire Barkly government area. Later, some parts of the area, including Tennant Creek, were placed under a “watch and act” alert.

A “watch and act” alert means there is a higher level of danger and people should start doing things to keep themselves and their families safe, as the situation is changing. The government of the area says residents should take action and be prepared.

About 3,000 people live in Tennant Creek, which is a well-liked stop for travelers driving through the outback on the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Darwin.

On Wednesday, the authorities said it would be the most important day for the town because the wind conditions are expected to change. The wind direction and speed may also change.

By Wednesday evening, the fire had crossed the lines that were supposed to keep it contained, moving towards the northern and southern parts of the town. This information was given by Chief Fire Controller Tony Fuller in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Fuller mentioned that the fire was about 30 to 40 kilometers away from the actual town of Tennant Creek.

There have been fires in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory since September 4. They have spread to an area of over 2 million hectares, which is about 20,000 square kilometers.

There has been a lot of thick, black smoke in the area for several days because of a fire and the authorities trying to control it.

The use of controlled fires will create more smoke in the Tennant Creek Town. The strong winds will probably calm down again at around 5 PM,” Manison wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

Back burning is a way to stop a fire from spreading by starting a small fire near the main fire to use up its fuel.

More workers came from South Australia to Tennant Creek on Wednesday, according to Fuller’s statement to ABC.

According to James Gray-Spence, who is in charge of the police, fire, and emergency services in the Northern Territory, members of the Australian Defence Force were also present earlier on Wednesday. They were clearing paths to slow down the spreading of the fire.

Gray-Spence said on ABC radio Alice Springs Wednesday morning that he believed they had control over the situation, but the final effects of the fire would depend on the weather.

“I believe the main point here is that we feel very confident in the strategy,” stated Gray-Spence. “We just need to be patient and observe the weather to know what it will do. ”

This happened a few weeks after a group called the Australasian Fire Authorities Council warned that there is a higher chance of bushfires happening in Australia, especially in the Northern Territory. They said this is mainly because of climate change.

“We have had big fires before, but this one is the biggest one I have had to handle,” Fuller said to ABC on Sunday, when the fire covered over 9,300 square kilometers.

Earlier this week, the weather bureau predicted that certain parts of the Northern Territory would have a high risk of fires.

The state is going through a dry time, with temperatures in August higher than usual along with very little rainfall, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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