Russell Crowe's home hit by bushfires as flames continue to ravage Australia's east coast
"My family are safe."
Russell Crowe's home has been hit by bushfires as flames continue to ravage Australia's east coast.
The actor said that he had been informed that his house had been affected by the fires yesterday. His is among the hundreds of other properties and businesses in New South Wales that have suffered damage as a result of the flames.
"I'm not in Australia," tweeted Crowe. My family are safe, billeted with friends."
"Fire hit my place late in the day yesterday. My heart goes out to everyone in the valley."
Crowe included three images of firefighters tackling the blaze near his home.
I’m not in Australia.
My family are safe, billeted with friends.
Fire hit my place late in the day yesterday.
My heart goes out to everyone in the valley. pic.twitter.com/EsLKtDQM51
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 12, 2019
"Lost a couple of buildings but overall very lucky so far," he said.
"Deepest thanks to everyone on the ground.
"Some fires still burning and we are out of water. No livestock deaths to date. Horses OK. Let the chickens out and they are back, warm worms for breakfast!"
The Australian east coast has been affected by severe bushfires since earlier this week as the region of New South Wales remains in a state of emergency due to "catastrophic" weather conditions.
The Guardian reports that the bushfires could be out of control "for months" as further concerns are noted for rising temperatures and unpredictable winds.
New South Wales' fire chief Shane Fitzsimmon said that the current fires are covering land four times larger than the areas that were hit during the entirety of 2018.
"The real challenge is we have an enormous amount of country that is still alight," he said.
"They won’t have this out for days, weeks, months. Unfortunately the forecast is nothing but above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall over the next few months and we’ve still got summer around the corner.”
At least 13 separate warnings have been issued for different fires posing an immediate threat to life in the area.