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CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia has begun preparing more than 1,000 fire refuges and will recast its national alert system to warn of
SYDNEY: “A sunburnt country... with a pitiless blue sky”, so the famous poem goes, but where once Australia could rely on “steady, soaking rain”, a trend of hotter and drier weather as the climate warms is making it more vulnerable to severe bushfires.
KINGLAKE, Australia (Reuters) - Forensic police sifted through ash and the twisted remains of houses on Wednesday to identify those killed in the nation's deadliest bushfires, but some are so badly burnt they may never be identified.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian firefighters battling bush blazes ringing Sydney are taking special action to protect stands of historic Wollemi pines which are among the earth's oldest plants, dating back 150 million years to dinosaur times.
SYDNEY: Australian fire services warned Sunday that parts of New South Wales were facing the most dangerous combination of warm, dry weather and strong winds in more than 40 years as major wildfires swept the state.
GEORGE TOWN: A bushfire near Penang International Airport terrified passengers and put authorities on alert.
SYDNEY: Australian insurance authorities have said the bill from the bushfires since September has risen to Aus$700mil (US$485mil). The Insurance Council of Australia said on Tuesday almost 9,000 claims have been made for destruction and damage so far.