Sunday, March 03, 2019

Record Australian Heat Brings Fire to a Scorched Land

A property goes up in flames surrounding Jinks Creek Winery, near Bunyip. (Picture Credit: @DougalBeatty/TwitterSource:Twitter) Click to Enlarge.
Firefighters battled 25 blazes across the Australian state of Victoria on Sunday as a record-breaking heatwave delivered the hottest start to March on record for the southern third of the country.

The continent is prone to deadly blazes thanks to its combination of remote terrain, high summer temperatures, and flammable eucalyptus bush.

A severe four-day heatwave has brought fire weather across the southern parts of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania over the weekend.

The south-eastern state of Victoria was the worst hit, with more than 2,000 firefighters, water-bombing aircraft and volunteers battling blazes on Sunday.

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