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Wildfires Continue to Scorch Australia

February 11th, 2009 Category: Fires

Fires in Australia - February 9th, 2009

Fires in Australia - February 9th, 2009

Detail of smoke

Fire conditions - February 10th, 2009

Detail of fire - February 10th, 2009

Detail of fire - February 10th, 2009

Although cooler weather is providing some relief, firefighters in Australia continue to struggle against over 20 fires. Most of these, according to the BBC, are not yet under control.

The main image shows fires in the state of Victoria on February 9th. Clouds can be seen moving in on the region (bottom right).

Upon comparing the main image with the full version of the image entitled “fire conditions” from February 10th, it is evident that the clouds have moved further in and provided some relief.

There is also a greater deal of smoke veiling the sky over the states of Victoria and New South Wales.

Fire locations

Fire locations

The map of fire locations provides information as to the positions of fires that are still blazing (red dots) and fires that have been put under control (brown dots).

These fires have caused a great loss of life and much land and property damage, reports the BBC. 181 deaths have been confirmed, while dozens of people are still missing and over 500 people have been injured.

Nearly 1,000 homes have been destroyed and around 365,000 hectares (902,000 acres) of land have been burnt.

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