Australia’s bushfires are flaring as heatwave brings renewed suffering


Bushfires erupted in Southern Australia on Thursday as a heatwave expected to bring renewed misery, and officials warned that some areas are “just at the beginning” of the devastating crisis.

Soldiers went door-to-door, warning people to leave the southern Australian town of Parndana on Kangaroo Island after massive lightning bore down the area, with temperatures rising to 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit).

It was less than 24 hours after the police evacuated the picturesque town of Vivonne Bay Island, which on Thursday afternoon was also threatened by fires that were predicted to continue for days to come.

In the neighboring state of Victoria, officials extended the “State of Disaster” declaration for another 48 hours before the scorching temperatures that were due to be set on Friday, further stoking massive fires.

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