Tag Archives: Australia

Sydney Allows New Year’s Fireworks as Wildfire Risk Worsens

Pressure had built for spectacle to be scrapped before New South Wales Rural Fire Service approved event     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Sydney will set off its iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks after being ...

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Thousands of Koalas Feared Dead in Australia Wildfires

About 5 million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land have burned nationwide     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing ...

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Australia Prime Minister Announces Paid Leave for Volunteer Firefighters

Labor party has pressed the government to consider compensation     PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s beleaguered prime minister announced Tuesday that volunteer firefighters from the federal public sector will receive paid leave entitlements in a move to help contain ...

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Australia Prime Minister Apologizes for Vacationing During Wildfires

Morrison cut short a vacation amid public anger at his absence     SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized Sunday for taking a family vacation in Hawaii as deadly bushfires raged across several states, destroying homes and ...

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Two Firefighters Killed, Three Hurt in Australia Wildfire

Falling tree causes vehicle crash killing two volunteer firefighters     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Two volunteer firefighters died Thursday while battling wildfires ravaging Australia’s most populous state, forcing Prime Minister Scott Morrison to cut ...

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Australian Firefighters Killed in Rollover

Two killed near Buxton     New South Wales Rural Fire Service The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) confirms that two NSW RFS volunteer firefighters have died tonight near Buxton, in south western Sydney. The deaths occurred following a ...

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Australia’s Most Populous State Declares Wildfire Emergency

7.4 million acres of land has burnt nationwide     By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales declared a seven-day state of emergency Thursday as oppressive conditions fanned around 100 ...

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Sydney Choked by Haze from Bush Fires

Ambulances answer dozens of respiratory-related calls   Thick smoke from wildfires shroud the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Hot dry conditions have brought an early start to the fire season. %2

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Death Toll Rises in Australian Wildfires

Body found in burned area near Kempsey     SYDNEY (AP) — The death toll for wildfires raging across Australia’s most populous state has risen to four as authorities warned Thursday of worsening weather conditions to come. A body was ...

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Wildfires Continue to Rage Across Australia

“We are not out the woods by any means,”     By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Scores of wildfires continued to rage across vast tracts of Australia’s drought-stricken east coast on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of residents ...

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