Gallery: Catastrophic Fires and Record Heat Engulf Five of Six Australi...


Bush fires are raging through five out of six Australian states due to record heat and dry conditions. Over the weekend, flames flattened whole townships in the island state of Tasmania, where locals told The Guardian that a veritable fireball scorched buildings and cars. While nobody has been reported injured, many people have been left homeless and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised emergency aid. Meanwhile, authorities warn that on Tuesday high temperatures, low humidity and fierce winds rival conditions that sparked Victoria’s Black Saturday in 2009 – one of the most devastating wildfires in Australia’s history.

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