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Smoke from Fires in Victoria, Australia – March 27th, 2013

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March 27th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – March 26th, 2013

Multiple blazes fill southeastern Australia’s state of Victoria with plumes of smoke. A total fire ban has been declared across most of the state, with hot northerly winds expected to create uncomfortable conditions also in Melbourne. The bans are for the South West, Wimmera, Mallee, Northern Country, North Central, and Central. No fires can be lit or be allowed to remain alight in the open air for 24 hours.

Fires in Australia Possibly Related to Man-Made Climate Change – January 17th, 2013

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January 17th, 2013 Category: Climate Change, Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 12th, 2013

Though the searing heat moderated a bit in some coastal areas last week, a very hot air mass has been moving up the eastern seaboard of Australia. At least 141 separate fires were burning in New South Wales on Wednesday, 31 of them out of control. The Rural Fire Service reported it was a bad sign that the fires could not be contained during the brief drop in temperatures.

The fires have grown so large that they are plainly visible in satellite imagery. The intensity of the bushfires and the unrelenting heat prompted some climate scientists to decry what they see as public indifference to man-made climate change, which is widely seen as leading to more frequent extreme weather.

Searing Heat and Bush Fires Continue to Affect Australia – January 16th, 2013

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January 16th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 11th, 2013

Since early January, bush fires have been raging across some of the most populous parts of Australia, feeding off widespread drought conditions and high winds during the country’s hottest spring and summer on record. On Monday, Australia’s hottest day on record, the national average was 104.59 degrees Fahrenheit (over 40 degrees Celsius). Four months of record-breaking temperatures stretching back to September 2012 have produced what the government says are “catastrophic” fire conditions along the eastern and southeastern coasts of the country, where the majority of Australians live.

Firefighters struggled to contain huge bushfires in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, which have scorched around 500 square miles of forest and farmland since Tuesday. Fires on the island state of Tasmania off the country’s southern coast have destroyed more than 300 square miles since Friday. No confirmed deaths have been reported in connection with the fires, but about 100 people have been unaccounted for since a fire destroyed around 90 homes in Dunalley, Tasmania, last week. State agricultural officials say that tens of thousands of cattle and sheep are believed to have been killed in the fires, which have torn through some of the country’s most productive agricultural and farming regions.

Wildfires Near New South Wales Coast, Australia – January 10th, 2013

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January 10th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 9th, 2013

Hundreds of wildfires raged across southern Australia this week as the country suffered from its hottest days on record. Temperatures reached an all-time high on Monday, hitting a a nationwide average of 40.33 degrees Celsius (104.59 degrees Fahrenheit). The heat, dry conditions and strong winds have created perfect conditions for wildfires. Here, several blazes can be seen near the coast of New South Wales (click here for other images), although Tasmania and Victoria are also being affected.

Wildfires in New South Wales, Australia – January 9th, 2013

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January 9th, 2013 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia – January 8th, 2013

High winds and record temperatures are fanning fires in south-east Australia. More than 130 fires are currently burning in New South Wales, 40 of which have not been contained. Four areas in New South Wales have been given a “catastrophic” fire danger rating, meaning that if fires break out they will be uncontrollable and fast-moving, so residents should leave.

The fires and warnings follow days of searing heat. In a statement, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology revealed that for each of the first six days of 2013, the “national area-average” temperature had been in the top 20 hottest days on record. It was also the first time that average national top temperatures over 39C had been recorded on five consecutive days, the bureau said. In New South Wales, temperatures had passed 40C by midday at the coast. Winds of up to 80kph (50mph) have also been forecast.

Fires are burning along the New South Wales coast, and also in the north-west of the state, but the largest concentration is in the south-east, around the Canberra area. The four areas given a “catastrophic” fire danger rating – Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Southern Ranges and Riverina – are in this region. A big fire is also burning in near Cooma, 100km (60 miles) south of Canberra. The fire service says it is out of control and have advised residents to seek shelter, saying it is too late to leave.