Australia battles fatal wildfires amid ‘catastrophic’ conditions
PERTH, Australia — Australia’s most populous state was paralyzed by “catastrophic” fire conditions Saturday amid 115degree temperatures, while one person died as wildfires ravaged the country’s southeast, officials said.
“Catastrophic fire conditions are as bad as it gets,” New South Wales Rural Fire Services Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters.
New South Wales is in a seven-day state of emergency, with 2,000 firefighters battling 100 wildfires. Two firefighters died Thursday battling blazes southwest of Sydney.
Authorities confirmed Saturday that one person died and 15 homes were destroyed in South Australia as a wildfire ravaged Adelaide Hills.
More than 98,842 acres have burned across South Australia.