Thursday 25 December 2014

93 wildfires hit Australian state

Published 19/01/2014 | 10:32

Firefighters are battling scores of blazes in south-east Australia (AP)
Firefighters are battling scores of blazes in south-east Australia (AP)

More than 90 wildfires are burning over Australia's New South Wales state, firefighters say.

Many of the 93 fires burning across New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, were sparked by overnight lightning strikes, state fire service spokesman Matt Sun said. At least three houses had been destroyed near the village of Minimbah, west of Sydney.

Mr Sun added that 900 firefighters continued to battle the blazes. However, the danger has ebbed in neighbouring Victoria and South Australia states.

Heatwave conditions across south-east Australia last week intensified wildfires that destroyed at least 25 houses in Victoria and South Australia over several days.

Victoria Fire Service Commissioner Craig Lapsley said Australia's second most populous state had coped "reasonably well" with a fire emergency that scorched 130,000 hectares (320,000 acres) of grass and woodlands. On Sunday, the emergency was over, but 35 fires continued to burn.

In South Australia, firefighters were concerned by only one fire Sunday.

AP

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