High winds and a record heatwave have created some of worst fire conditions in Australian history.
1. It’s reported that more than 130 fires have started in the country’s most populated state, New South Wales.
2. The Australian federal government is already preparing financial aid to victims of the wildfires.
3. “We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said of conditions there.
4. The biggest concern is the lack of rain and strength of the winds growing the fires to full force again.
It’s been reported that more than 100 properties in Australia’s smallest state, the Island of Tasmania, have been destroyed.
Around 100 residents in the town of Dunalley, in Tasmania, have gone missing after the first bout of fires broke out.
5. The heatwave has lasted four months unabided.
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