Australia: Canberra airport close down again because of bushfires blaze
Wildfires outside Australia’s center Canberra compelled the city’s airport to shut on Thursday, while scheduled flights were interrupted to make way for aircraft trying to eradicate the blazes, officials confirmed.
On Thursday, extreme temperatures and flash flooding sparked an eruption of fresh blazes across several regions of eastern australia, disrupting a respite phase and after a few days of rain and subzero temps.
The nation has faced an ongoing series of flames since September which have already destroyed cities and habitats.
A Canberra Airport representative told AFP that services to and from Australia’s capital were suspended about midday (0100 GMT) Thursday “to facilitate aviation firefighting procedures.”
Finally, a limited number of flights were permitted to leave, but no planes had arrived at the terminal and at last two major carriers canceled all other operations.
The Department for Emergency responders in the Australian Capital Territory said the airport was closed “due to recent circumstances.”
The airport wasn’t closed, but airport employees helped people get back on buses to the area, the representative for the airport confirmed AFP.
Those out-of-control wildfire raging east of downtown was raised to an emergency stage just before noon, with both the city warning people that three neighborhoods were “too late to leave” on the fire’s course.
“The flame will directly threaten all lives in its course,” the authority stated in a statement.
The blaze recently merged with a second that out-of-control wildfire that had erupted west of the terminal, burning over 379 hectares (936 acres) of joint bushfire.
Although the terminal has been used for many months of aerial firefighting activities, it was the first time commercial sales had been halted.