A series of bush fires are ravaging parts of Australia. Some areas of the country experience annual summer fires caused by extreme heat but the worst of summer has not arrived yet. As temperatures begin to sizzle Australia could be in for a hot time!
Military officials near the town of Lithgow in the Blue Mountains region are investigating claims that a huge fire in that area was caused by one of their training exercises using explosives. The exercise took place Wednesday at a military base close to the town.
That same day a huge blaze erupted in the area destroying 200 homes and still raging Saturday:
The Australian Defence Force issued a statement about the fire burning between Lithgow and Bilpin, some 80 km (50 miles) north-west of Sydney, which is reported to have burned through 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) and destroyed properties.
Firefighters in New South Wales continue to battle numerous blazes. Every resource available is being used. Australian emergency service personnel are experts in their field. They have to be. Wildfires could increase as temperatures increase further during summer. Already though Australia has experienced exceptionally high temperatures for early summer.
It was poignant to see a senior official valiantly attempting to hold back tears as he was interviewed. A man who will have seen wildfires before and attempted to stop their spread obviously feeling overwhelmed and drained.
Currently one man is reported dead after attempting to protect his property. RIP.
Source BBC News