Fires Still Blazing in Southern Australia
Several major bush fires continue to burn in southern Australia. Entire towns and much farmland and woodland have been destroyed, and the death toll had reached at least 108 as of yesterday, according to reports from the BBC.
The state of Victoria has been particularly affected: at least 700 homes have been destroyed and about 14,000 are without power.
Fires are also burning in the states of New South Wales and South Australia; however, these fires are largely contained or burning away from residential areas.
The states of Victoria and New South Wales are visible in the main image. Two large fires can be seen near the coastline; one on the lower left and the other on the upper right. These fires can be observed more closely in the two close-ups.
The photographs show destruction from the fires. The first is of a burnt forest after a fire was extinguished. In the second, a fire that is still ablaze can be seen as it consumes trees and farmland.
Southern Australia has been affected by a heat wave over the last couple of weeks. This heat wave, in turn, has increased the number of wild fires.
Teperatures are beginning to decrease, but officials have expressed strong concern that they will be unable to get the fires under control until there is heavy rain.
According to the leader of the Green party, Bob Brown, summer fires will get worse unless the nations of the world do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.