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Australia’s Wildfires Rage
News Bytes 01/7/2020 23 Comments

 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government is willing to pay “whatever it takes” to help communities recover from deadly wildfires ravaging the country. Meanwhile, officials warn that Australia’s wildfire season—which usually lasts through March—is nowhere near over.

Nationwide, at least 25 people have been killed and 2,000 homes destroyed by Australia’s blazes. So far, the fires have scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland.

 “The fires are still burning. And they’ll be burning for months to come,” Morrison says. “If more is needed and the cost is higher, then more will be provided.”

Wildfires are common during the Southern Hemisphere summer, and Australians generally take a no-nonsense view of them. But this year’s fires arrived unusually early, fed by drought and the country’s hottest and driest year on record.

Yesterday’s rain and cooler temperatures brought some relief. But the rain also impeded fire crews. Firefighters are hoping to complete strategic burns as they prepare for even higher temperatures later in the week.

Heavy smoke hampered the navy’s efforts to airlift people out of Mallacoota, a coastal town in Victoria. Blazes cut the town off for days and forced about 4,000 residents and tourists to shelter on beaches over the weekend.

More than 135 fires are still burning across New South Wales, including almost 70 that are not contained. Officials warn that rain won’t put out the largest and most dangerous blazes before conditions worsen again.

“We’ve got big fire danger coming our way toward the end of this week,” says Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews. “We are by no means out of this. And the next few days, and indeed the next few months, are going to be challenging.”

(Plant operators Duncan Keith and Sapper Ian Larner of the 22nd Engineer Regiment use a backhoe to assist staff from Australia’s Forestry Management Victoria to clear fire damaged trees. Department of Defence via AP)

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This is Terrible!

Oh my goodness, this is terrible! I feel so bad for the people who have lost their homes and loved ones. We should all be praying about this!

I know someone who lives in

I know someone who lives in Australia, but I can't remember where. I hope he's ok!

Oh no!

This is terrible!! Praying for everyone in Australia!

Worse than you think

I heard that these fires are not natural they have arrested over 180 people for setting these fires on purpose and over 500 Million animals have been killed

Janna

Oh no! Where I live there are a lot of wild fires in the summer (in the mountains) because it's so dry. (Once a fire started from a spark from a lawnmower.)

fires are scary

my family and i were missionaries in Africa and there were two huge fires behind our house one summer. it destroyed a lot of houses and it was terrifying!

oooooooooooooooooohhhhhh

This is terrible!

@ Lily

Did you have any converts?

@ NA

no, not that i know of. but who knows... maybe after we left...

i sure hope so

i sure hope so

To. Lily

Oh, well, its a great honor to share the gospel.

amen!

amen!

To Above

Some till the ground, other plant the seeds, other reap the harvest.

Really sad!

Apparently Chris Hemsworth is donating 1 million dollars to the organization putting the fires out and to all the families in need. That's a lot of money!

@Emelia

Really I love Chris Hemsworth! Have you watched the Marvel movies where he plays as Thor?

@NA

Do you watch the Kendrick Brothers films? They are Christian movies and really good, the most recent one they did is called Overcomer. Also another really good Christian film is Run the Race. You should watch both.

Beth H

Yes! I've actually watched every single Marvel movie! Not all the cartoon ones or anything but the real ones.

@ Beth H

@ Beth H

Hey, did you hear there's going to be a new movie about Jeremy Camp? Maybe Kendrick Brothers is doing that one?

@Beth H

I have seen some Kendrick Brothers films. Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof.

@Beth H

P.S. I haven't seen two of the scenes in Fireproof.

@Beth G

Oh okay I think my favorite one they did is Courageous and the new one Overcomer.

@Bella

I didn't know that, but I looked it up it's not by the Kendrick brothers but it looks like it could be good it has Shania Twain in it. And it has Gary Sinise he acted in a Marvel movie.

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