At least three people were killed, while dozens of devastating forest fires raged out of control in four of Australia’s eight states. Record high temperatures have also been reported in the country during this time.
Two firefighters died on Thursday night while trying to control a forest fire raging about 90km outside Sydney. The fire spread through several towns.
In South Australia, another person died in a car accident after a catastrophic fire danger was declared across large parts of the state, Prime Minister Steven Marshall said on Friday.
More than 500 firefighters have been deployed to fight nearly 120 fires. It threatens several towns, while many homes and other buildings have already been destroyed in the fires.
South Australia has experienced extremely high temperatures over the past two days and Adelaide reached a temperature of 46 ° C on Friday. In some other places in the region, the mercury has risen to close to 50 ° C.
In Victoria, forest fires also threaten several towns, while the area is staggering under the almost unprecedented heat. Melbourne sticks to the smoke of forest fires that wafted from New South Wales, some 800 km north of the city.
By this morning, about 65 forest fires were still raging in Queensland. The state has been trying to stop devastating fires since September. Nearly 43 houses and 240 000 ha of land have already been destroyed.
The deaths of the two firefighters in New South Wales bring the death toll to eight this year’s fire season.
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A passenger on a flight from Melbourne to Brisbane watched plumes of gray smoke below visible from bushfires along Australia's east coast. Fire services reported at least 118 active fire grounds. https://t.co/6COd6TJSZK pic.twitter.com/UH3tyfh6Rw