Bushfires Continue Across Australia

Dec 31, 2019

As of 30 December 2019, bushfires continue to spread across Australia, with several emergency warnings issued for the states of Victoria and Tasmania. Authorities have issued 14 emergency warnings for Victoria state thus far — most of which are for locations concentrated in the East Gippsland area — and have advised approximately 40,000 people to evacuate ahead of “extreme danger,” although many have chosen to remain. In parts of Victoria under extreme threat, authorities advised individuals to shelter in place. In Tasmania, authorities have issued four emergency warnings, primarily in relation to fires near Pelham in the south and near Fingal in the northeast. Extreme winds resulting from a fire burning across the border of New South Wales and Victoria states caused two vehicles to roll over, resulting in the death of one firefighter and injuries to three others.

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