Australian wildfire death toll expected to pass 200
Two people are assisting police in relation to the wildfires that many believe were started by arsonists.
The Australian wildfire death toll is expected to reach over 200 people now, as the flames continue to burn and people are leaving it too late to get out of their homes. Many people died in their cars while trying to escape as the flames grew up around them and they had no where to go.
"People need to understand that a late departure is the most deadly," fire chief Paul Rees said.
The recovery teams said that they have entered towns where the fires have swept through and have found burned bodies beside the roads and in cars as people tried to escape but couldn't. It is probably more dangerous to be on the road than anywhere else as some fires are still burning.
Even though Australia does have wildfires every few years, there has not been a set of fires like this one for as long as anyone can remember and the death toll is just shocking to all residents of the country.
The extreme weather conditions have made the situation worse however as the ground is just so dry and the winds are picking up all the time.
Authorities are saying that it is not a good idea to stay and defend your homes and to leave as soon as possible. Evacuation is not mandatory, but from the situations they have seen so far, it's better to get out quickly to save yourselves.
The official death toll is at 181 right now, but there are still a number of bodies yet to be identified.
The animals are also struggling from these fires as one firefighter experienced when he came across a Koala Bear walking on scorched paws.
"It was amazing, he turned around, sat on his bum and sort of looked at me with (a look) like, put me out of my misery," Tree told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I yelled out for a bottle of water. I unscrewed the bottle, tipped it up on his lips and he just took it naturally.
"He kept reaching for the bottle, almost like a baby."
The team called animal welfare officers to pick up the koala Sunday, the day after deadly firestorms swept southern Victoria state.
Koalas are often caught in fires as they are quite slow moving creatures.
Many livestock have also been killed by an official count has not been conducted yet.
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