Australia’s most populous state declared its second emergency in as many months on Thursday as extreme heat and strong winds stoked scores of uncontrolled bushfires, some on Sydney’s doorstep.
Australia’s most populous state was paralysed by “catastrophic” fire conditions on Saturday amid soaring temperatures, while one person died as wildfires ravaged the country’s southeast, officials said.
Orange and red skies filled with smoke have cascaded down our social media feeds as America’s West Coast grapples with historic wildfires. The images have been called “apocalyptic”
After struggling for more than four months to control California’s deadly wildfires, the firefighters made substantial progress because of changing weather (“Firefighters make headway in subduing US western wildfires,” Sept. 19, Gulf Today website).
Dense smog from US wildfires that have burnt nearly five million acres and killed 27 people smothered the West Coast Saturday, as presidential challenger Joe Biden warned climate change is becoming an existential issue.
In Vacaville — a city of about 100,000 people located between the state capital Sacramento and San Francisco — residents were urged to evacuate during the night as the wind-whipped flames swallowed dozens of homes.
More than 3.1 million acres have burned in California this year — some 3% of the state — with many wildfires still at zero containment and months of fire season left to go.
Wildfires have destroyed up to 50 homes in New Zealand, authorities announced on Monday, saying it was a miracle no one was hurt as “a wall of orange” razed most of a remote South Island village.
US officials warned on Friday of potential “mass” fatalities as more than 20,000 firefighters from across the country battled sprawling deadly wildfires up and down the West Coast.
Crews who struggled just days ago against deadly wildfires raging unchecked across California, Oregon and Washington have now taken the offensive, making substantial progress in subduing the blazes, officials in all three states said on Thursday.