35 dead in Australia's worst fires in years; temperatures rising
35 people have died and many more could perish as the wildfires continue to rage across southeastern Australia, while homes, farms and countryside are burned to the ground. This is the worst wildfire disaster in about 25 years and temperatures have hit 117 degrees Fahrenheit. Winds are fueling the flames of the fires and the worst drought in a century is creating perfect conditions for the fires.
John Brumby, the premier of Victoria state where the deadly fires raged, said he had accepted the prime minister's offer to send troops to help thousands of exhausted volunteer firefighters.
The fires were so massive they were visible from space Saturday. NASA released satellite photographs showing a white cloud of smoke across southeastern Australia.
Several fires are still posing threats to surrounding homes and farms and it is suspected that some of them were set deliberately.
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Australian bush fires kill 14.
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Penrith, New South Wales, Australia