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Australia's bushfires: 'extreme' risk in south-east

Australia's bushfires: 'extreme' risk in south-east

Wildfires are burning in Ballarat, South East Australia.Source: dpa

Severe bushfires have been burning in southeastern Australia for several days. But the worst is yet to come: Extreme heat and strong winds are expected to lead to “catastrophic conditions” over the next few days, AAP news agency wrote on Tuesday, citing officials.

As “Emergency Management Victoria” writes on the online platform X (formerly Twitter), authorities expect a “severe” fire risk.

The Wimmera region west of Melbourne and five other parts of Victoria state are experiencing severe drought. Temperatures above 40 degrees are expected at times.

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June 14, 2023 | 01:52 min

Fire Chief: Weather conditions are getting “very bad”.

Tens of thousands of residents should at least be safe by Wednesday morning (local time), if possible. “After 12 noon the weather gets really bad so I leave after lunchtime,” said local fire chief Jason Heffernan.

The raging fire that has been raging around Ballarat for several days is yet to be brought under control. 20,000 hectares of land and six houses have already been destroyed by the fire.

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Prime Minister warns of one of the state's “most dangerous days”.

“This is one of the most dangerous days Victoria has experienced in recent years,” Victorian Premier Jacinda Allen said. As a precaution, nearly 100 schools and kindergartens will be closed on Wednesday.

As a precaution, three national parks were closed to visitors, including Grameens National Park, famous for its beautiful landscape and rugged mountains. More than 60 firefighting aircraft were on standby.

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June 14, 2023 | 37:30 minutes

Wildfires are currently out of control in the western region as well

Broadcaster 9 News reported that the region was threatened by the worst fires since the devastating “black summer” of 2019/2020. During that time, weeks of wildfires destroyed twelve million hectares of land, and countless animals were injured, killed, or driven from their habitats.

Meanwhile, wildfires raged out of control in the western region on Tuesday as well. Residents of Australind, a small town south of Perth, were urged to seek safety. The situation is life-threatening, “The West Australian” newspaper quoted emergency services as saying. About 20,000 people live in the affected area. Firefighters battled the blaze on the ground and in the air.