Australian bush fires 'kill 14'
The Bush fire in south-eastern Australia have killed 14 people , and the fire is spreadind in easter direction. The fire fightrs are struggling hard to control it due to high temperature and wind.
Bush fires sweeping across south-eastern Australia have killed 14 people, media reports say.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said the deaths had occurred at four towns in Victoria state.
Firefighters are battling dozens of fires in parks and bush land, amid a heatwave, with temperatures set to reach 47 C (117F) this weekend.
Aircraft are dropping water bombs and thousands of volunteer firemen are on standby.
If winds pick up, the authorities fear that the fire could spread.
The worst fire has burned 410 acres in a park near Melbourne. There are also three fires in the Hunter Valley region to the north of Sydney.
Fire officials have advised residents to stay and defend their properties. "We would always stay and defend," Di Kinross told local media, the nearby area covered in thick smoke.
The fire service is using water-bombing aircraft to contain fires. Already thousands of volunteers are using water hoses, with tens of thousands more on standby.
"It's just going to be, probably by a long way, the worst day ever in the history of the state in terms of temperatures and winds," Victoria Premier John Brumby said.
If winds pick up, the authorities fear that the fires could spread.
"It is extremely dry. We do have some concern about the winds winds picking up and having an impact on the fire," a spokesman for Victoria state's Country Fire Authority told Reuters.
In 1983, a wildfire killed 75 people, on a day known as Ash Wednesday.