AN estimated 21,600 Fiji nationals living in New South Wales, Australia are safe following a destructive fire that ravaged through the Blue Mountains area last week.
Fiji's High Commission in Canberra, Australia, and the Fiji Consulate General in NSW said they had not received any report of Fijians directly affected by the bushfire.
An Information Ministry statement released over the weekend said the NSW State Emergency Services (SES) had been notified of the availability of consular assistance available to Fiji citizens affected by the bushfires.
Firefighters around NSW are bracing for even worse weather conditions than they expected, with forced evacuations likely across many areas of the Blue Mountains, where some Fijians live, in the coming days.
The Guardian newspaper reported that Rural Fire Services (RFS) commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said even built-up areas such as Leura and Katoomba could be in the firing line.
Mr Fitzsimmons said there were already indications the fire at Mount Victoria could threaten homes at Blackheath. He was quoted as saying this was the worst conditions seen since the 1960s.