Latest 2006-07 Australian bushfire season Stories

2006-01-27 20:50:00

CANBERRA -- Cooler conditions and a little rain calmed deadly bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday and allowed weary firefighters to make some headway in their battle, but authorities warned the crisis was not over. Firefighters managed to control one of the four most dangerous blazes -- three of which are less than 100 km (60 miles) from Melbourne, Australia's second-most-populous city -- but the rest are still burning out of control. Hundreds of people have evacuated...

2006-01-26 03:50:00

CANBERRA -- Firefighters battling bushfires threatening numerous towns and communities in southern Australia on Thursday are now face a new risk -- severe thunderstorms with wind gusts of up to 110 km (68 miles) per hour. Hundreds of people have fled their homes as high temperatures and strong winds fanned four dangerous blazes -- three less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second most-populous city Melbourne -- causing them to jump containment lines. A massive blaze in the Grampians...

2006-01-01 15:56:14

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cooler weather and light rain on Monday helped Australian firefighters battling scores of bushfires that destroyed 15 homes over the weekend amid soaring temperatures. At least 50 fires broke out in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, gutting three homes at two small seaside communities north of Sydney and another five at Junee in the state's west where fire killed livestock and burned out about 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres) of farmland....

2005-12-31 02:48:05

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Firefighters throughout southeastern Australia were on high alert on Saturday, battling a series of minor blazes amid soaring temperatures and high winds that threatened potentially dangerous bushfires. Two fires, in rural Victoria and South Australia states, posed a danger to local communities, authorities said, while other small blazes in Victoria and Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, were mainly under control. Gusting hot winds took the...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
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