With its otherworldly conditions, Australia has become a testing ground for fire-prediction technology.
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An off-duty volunteer firefighter in New South Wales was seriously injured protecting his own property and...An off-duty volunteer firefighter in New South Wales was seriously injured protecting his own property and another four also injuredAustralian firefighters are preparing to use one week of calmer conditions to contain the most volatile parts of bushfires that are threatening private property and destroying large swathes of national parks in eastern Victoria and southern New South Wales.The state of disaster in Victoria lifted at midnight on Saturday morning after firefighters managed to slow the progress of a 60,000ha fire that threatened the Alpine townships of Bright and Harrietville in north-east Victoria on Friday night. Continue reading...
More than 200 fires burning and temperature records smashed as government criticised over inaction Two more...More than 200 fires burning and temperature records smashed as government criticised over inaction Two more bushfire deaths on Kangaroo Island, in remote South Australia, have brought to 23 the number of people killed in fires across Australia this fire season, with six people still missing in fire-affected regions across New South Wales and Victoria.On Saturday, the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, announced his government would send Australia’s largest warship, HMAS Adelaide, to help evacuation efforts from towns on the Victorian coast cut-off by fires, compulsorily call up 3,000 army reservists to assist in fire recovery, and put $20m towards leasing four more water-bombing aircraft. Continue reading...
Australian bushfire crisis: authorities plead for last-ditch evacuation, with terrible conditions ahead
Firefighters warn they may have to abandon homes, and even whole towns, as bushfire crisis threatens...Firefighters warn they may have to abandon homes, and even whole towns, as bushfire crisis threatens to overwhelm resources in New South Wales, Victoria and South AustraliaAustralian authorities have made a final plea for people to flee bushfire-affected areas in three states before the onset of extreme conditions so dangerous that firefighters may be unable to defend entire towns.On Friday, authorities in New South Wales urged people still in a 14,000 square kilometre area of the state’s south coast, and in other high risk areas in the Snowy Valley, to leave overnight. Continue reading...