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A man wears a mask as poor air quality from Australia’s bushfires hamper qualifying for the upcoming Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2020. (Photo by William WEST - AFP)

Bushfire smoke hits Australian Open again, but rain raises hopes

Bushfire smoke disrupted the Australian Open build-up Wednesday for a second straight day to deepen concerns about the fate of the year’s first tennis Grand Slam, but a cool change late in the day raised hopes of rain soaking the blazes.
There have been devastating aftermath of bushfires across New South Wales after they tore through the state’s south coast, leaving homes and wildlife scorched.

Australian town in ruins after catastrophic bushfires

There have been devastating aftermath of bushfires across New South Wales after they tore through the state’s south coast, leaving homes and wildlife scorched.

Firefighter dies while battling inferno

A volunteer firefighter died Monday while fighting bushfires that are raging across eastern Australia, the Rural Fire Service reported.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media after touring the New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service (RFS) control room in Sydney. REX

Australian premier returns, apologizes for Hawaii holiday

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologised on Sunday for his decision to take an unannounced family holiday to Hawaii in the midst of a bushfire emergency and record-breaking heat.
Firefighters try to protect homes along the Old Hume Highway near the town of Tahmoor. Three firefighters were hospitalised after being ‘enveloped’ by fire and 20 structures are estimated to have been lost. Dean Lewins-EPA

State of emergency declared as bushfires rage in Australia

A state of emergency was declared in Australia’s most populated region on Thursday as an unprecedented heatwave fanned out-of-control bushfires, destroying homes and smothering huge areas with toxic smoke.
Australia's maximum average temperature broke records on Tuesday ( via REUTERS )

Australia experiences hottest day on record

Australia this week experienced its hottest day on record and the heatwave is expected to worsen, exacerbating an already unprecedented bushfire season, authorities said Wednesday.
An unprecedented number of out of control bushfires have threatened vast areas in the Australian states of New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland, authorities have said.

Death toll in Australia bushfires rises to four

The death toll from devastating bushfires in eastern Australia has risen to four after a man’s body was discovered in a scorched area of bushland, police said Thursday.

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