US, UK tourists warned of Aust fire risk

Scenes from the devastating bushfires. Pictures: Getty
Scenes from the devastating bushfires. Pictures: Getty

THE US has upgraded its travel alert for people travelling to Australia because of the deadly bushfires.

Americans are warned to “exercise increased caution”, the second of the country’s four advisory levels.

“Exercise increased caution in Australia due to natural disaster/bushfires. Some areas have increased risk,” the alert reads.

“The current bushfire season is one of the worst in Australia’s recorded history.”

The advice warns the fires may continue through to March or April and suggests people consider postponing their trip, even to areas not fire-affected because of smoke creating poor air quality.

The UK is also warning the 700,000 Brits who visit Australia each year to be aware of the fires.

“Authorities in some regions have declared a state of emergency and ordered road closures and evacuations,” their advice reads.

“Poor air quality can occur some distance from the sites of the fires and provoke respiratory conditions.”

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