Australian wildfires: Two blazes merge to create massive inferno

East Gippsland fire December 31

The New Year's Eve fire burns in East Gippsland

New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters that officials were "extremely relieved" the fires were no longer devastating overnight.

"Apparently we have at least a week".

"In the areas of Africa where I work, I am quite sure that very few birds die as a direct result of fire", he said. Since 2017, rainfall has been less frequent in New South Wales and Queensland.

On Friday night, three fires joined to form a megafire in the Snowy Mountains that straddle the border between the states of Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), Efe news reported.

US officials said Tuesday they're planning to send at least another 100 firefighters to Australia to join 159 already in the country battling wildfires that have killed 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes. But crews worry the flames will light up again during a fire season that could continue for months.

The Australian authorities knew that the risk was far from over.

Nineteen fires were burning in Victoria at 10pm on Monday, Emergency Management Victoria said.

New South Wales firefighters said they finally had the upper hand in the fight against the vast Gospers Mountain fire on Sydney's northwestern outskirts, which has been burning out of control for nearly three months. About 2,000 homes have been destroyed in the state.

The individual was airlifted to a Sydney hospital in a serious condition, with several others receiving minor burns.

Poor and very poor air quality conditions due to the bushfires are forecast statewide, with smoke and haze in the east, northeast and central Victoria.

Australian firefighters revealed they had succeeded Monday (January 13th) in managing the biggest "mega-fire" in the united kingdom, which was out of hand for almost 3 months while rainy climate is anticipated. They do not pose a threat, authorities say, despite being in an area hard to reach. "Fingers crossed", said the rural fire service. Thousands of protesters gathered late Friday in Sydney and Melbourne, calling for Morrison to be fired and Australia to take tougher action on global warming. A 0.2 to 0.5 percent hit predicts gross domestic product.

Australia's alpine resorts have dusted off winter snowmaking machines to blast ice-cold water onto dry ski slopes.

The fires have also devastated the country's wildlife, killing more than 1 billion animals. In South Wales, an area of about one crore acres has been burnt down.

Australia's wildfires have dwarfed other recent catastrophic blazes, with its burnt terrain more than twice the extent of that ravaged by 2019 fires in Brazil, California and Indonesia combined.

The milder conditions are expected to last around a week, giving firefighters time to try to get the fires under control. Ave said only a minority of the fires were deliberately started. It's the largest ever deployment of USA firefighters overseas, she said.

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