(WEHT)- Officials in Australia say firefighters are facing “apocalyptic conditions” as fires continue to torch the country. At least 23 people have died in the fires so far.
Record high temperatures and strong winds have only stoked the fires and now authorities say three different fires have now combined into one fire the size of Manhattan.
In the southeastern Australian state of Victoria, residents have been forced to evacuate with the help of the Australian Navy and army reservists. The evacuations are the largest of its kind during peacetime in Australian history.
While fires are relatively common during the hot and dry Australian summer, this season has been especially bad, starting earlier than usual. With more than two months left in the season, authorities are worried the crisis may continue.
(This story was originally published on January 5, 2020)