U.S. sends more firefighters to help battle Australia blazes

  • U.S. sends more firefighters to help battle Australia blazes

U.S. sends more firefighters to help battle Australia blazes

Australian fire crews said on Sunday that they had been able to go from defense to offense for the first time in weeks due to a time interruption.

Milder conditions are expected to last throughout the week, with rain developing in the state's east on Wednesday and extending at least until Saturday.

Despite the respite, temperatures will hover about 30C and winds are still gusting, meaning the danger lingers and fires show no sign of relenting.

Other workers echoed Mr McLean's comments, saying cooler temperatures and mild winds have finally offered them a chance to make progress.

New South Wales police said in a statement that areas not affected by the bushfires of the South Coast, a popular holiday destination, are in a position to reopen for business, although national parks remain close until February 1.

A 640,000-hectare inferno formed overnight when two fires joined in the Snowy Mountains region near Tumbarumba, close to the Victorian border.

Since September, the fires have ravaged more than 80,000 square kilometres, an area larger than Ireland, and left 27 people dead, besides an estimated one billion wild animals. He said his government has accepted that climate change will lead to longer, warmer and drier summers, despite the fact that junior lawmaker George Christensen posted on social media over the weekend that the cause of latest fire was arson rather than man- Another subordinate lawmaker, Craig Kelly, also publicly denied any link between climate change and the fire crisis.

Harris said he was disappointed in the destruction of the environment and that people should pay attention to the more sustainable way in which autochthonous Australians previously lived. Sydney's air quality reached a unsafe level in early December. According to Time magazine, about 30% of the forest in New South Wales is burnt.

As residents and authorities continue steadily to deal with the scale for the tragedy on Monday, meteorological solutions have actually launched up to 50 millimeters of rainfall for in a few days in a few affected places, relief after months of extended drought.

Meanwhile, thousands of people took to the streets on Friday in different cities in Australia to protest against the government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and their environmental policies in the face of the bad situation caused in the country by the virulent forest fires recorded in recent months.

The crisis has sparked accusations that Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Conservative government needs to take more action to tackle climate change, which experts say has heightened the flames.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged A$2 billion ($1.4 billion) to a newly created National Bushfire Recovery Agency.

If that forecast bears out, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said, "then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one".

"It would appear that we have got at least a week, it will probably be the best seven days we have had without a rise of very risky fire ratings", said the NSW fire chief.