Published: Fri, January 10, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Newspaper: Bushfires flare again in southern Australia

Newspaper: Bushfires flare again in southern Australia

An emergency warning remains in place for a bushfire threatening lives and homes in Baldivis, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Perth in Western Australia.

"We are a public service family and believe in doing all the good we can", Autumn Snyder said.

Sean Snyder is among some 2,000 volunteers from the United States and New Zealand assisting Australian firefighters.

Our reporter David Sparks has been meeting people preparing for the unsafe weather in Victoria's East Gippsland.

Locals in the Victoria state coastal town of Mallacoota, where thousands of people were stranded on the beachfront for days until a military evacuation that only ended on Wednesday, were among those again advised to flee.

Authorities said Thursday 23 fires were burning across Victoria.

In Victoria state, officials extended a "state of disaster" declaration for a further 48 hours ahead of scorching temperatures that were due to set in Friday, further stoking massive fires. "If you can get out, you should get out, you shouldn't be in the remote and forested parts of our State", Crisp told ABC News. "We can not guarantee your safety".

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According to USA Today, dozens of firefighters from Canada and the US were recently deployed to Australia to help fight the fires.

The Country Fire Service is advising island residents to "act now" as a fire is heading toward the town of Parndana.

Most of the fires that have devastated much of Australia's east coast occurred in New South Wales, where 1,870 homes have been destroyed so far, authorities said.

NSW announced on Thursday it would spend Aus$1.2 billion (US$680 million) on restoring infrastructure in fire-ravaged areas.

Australian Red Cross: The Australian Red Cross is providing emergency assistance and recovery programs to communities affected by the bushfires.

State Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the money will come from capital reserves.

"The aircraft remains submerged however the pilot was able to free himself from the aircraft and is safely onshore", said NSW RFS.

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