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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

Late-season fires on the outskirts of Sydney

A massive bushfire has affected properties in Sydney’s south-west, New South Wales. The fire has burnt over 2,430 hectares around the townships Holsworthy and Menai. More than 500 firefighters in almost 100 fire trucks, along with 15 aircraft, have battled…

Thirteen killed and 27 injured in Vietnam apartment block fire

A fire in the Ho Chi Minh City, Carina Plaza apartment block killed 13 people in the early hours of Friday (Mar 23), said state media and a fire department official. The building in the city economic hub was a six-year-old…

Hundreds rescued after Langkawi cable car disruption

Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. One of Langkawi’s main tourist attractions, the Langkawi…

Oil tanker sinks after burning for 8 days.

All the crew on the oil tanker that burst into flames after a collision with a Chinese cargo ship have been lost. The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, had been burning since colliding with the CF…

New South Wales hit by hot weather and 35 fires

On Tuesday 22 January there were 35 wildfires active in NSW Australia alone. Many of these incidents are currently small but all having the potential to develop if not contained. This fire season is living up to its normal timetable,…

Fire closes Australia’s Newcastle airport for two days as 200 firefighters work to gain control

Newcastle airport is one of Australia’s largest regional airports situated 200 Km north of Sydney. A wildfire started on Saturday and the efforts of Firefighters kept the fire contained. Unfortunately, strong winds built and did not let up on Sunday making…

Two volcanos in Papua New Guinea threaten villages as government orders evacuation

Papua New Guinea authorities have ordered the evacuation of some 5,000 people from Biem Island and surrounding islands, amid fears of a volcanic eruption, as the country’s Prime Minister directed national resources to neighbouring Kadovar island. The Prime Minister’s office…

Australia’s southeast will experience ‘catastrophic’ bushfire conditions, among other problems, with temperatures at the weekend expected to climb above 45C

NSW Rural Fire Service is warning residents to prepare for potential bushfires. Lifesavers and lifeguards are out in force with an expected rush to the beaches and hospitals are preparing for a significant increase in heat stress patents at emergency…

Massive abattoirs fire in the town of Murray Bridge, South Australia caused accidentally

As reported last week, the provincial town of Murray Bridge suffered a major fire at one of its largest employers when a fire destroyed a large part of the factory. The investigation has determined that the fire was started during…

Fire destroys 10 houseboats, on the Murray river in the twin city of Echuca-Moama

Australian holidaymakers and their insurers are counting the cost of a spectacular fire that destroyed 10 houseboats on the Murray River at Echuca-Moama on Thursday the 12th Dec. The damage bill is expected to be several million dollars. The fire…

Tallest Pagoda in China destroyed by fire

A 15-storey wooden Buddhist pagoda and prayer hall in China’s Sichuan province, believed to be the tallest in Asia, has collapsed after a devastating fire. No casualties were reported in Sunday’s (Dec 10th) blaze, which also took out two halls…

Malaysian firefighters rescue a 60-kilogram hawksbill turtle

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian firefighters have rescued a 60-kilogram Hawksbill turtle from certain death. The turtle was stuck to a floodgate at a power station in northwestern Negeri Sembilan state. Firefighters were called to the floodgate when the turtle was…

Wires kill helicopter pilots in NZ

Aviation plays an important part in the agricultural economy and firefighting in New Zealand. However, between 1979 and 2015, helicopter pilots alone had 116 wire strikes resulting in 28 deaths. While people on the ground can generally see wires, they…

Australian east coast storm event

The Australian east coast storm event of 4 –5 the June affected the entire eastern seaboard region producing heavy rain, strong winds and powerful surf. In particular, the coastal zone was impacted by an uncommon combination of large wave heights…

Woman on the second story urged to jump from burning Bondi apartment

In the Sydney beach side suburb of Bondi, a women was urged to jump from a second story window when fire broke out in a block of apartments yesterday. Although not in immediate danger the crowd below found some old…

Rescue tool that can see through walls like superman

A University of Sydney PhD student, Xiaopeng Wang has developed a prototype that will allow people to see through walls. The telecommunication research group, has just completed successful trials of the device which uses electromagnetic waves to bounce information off…

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