Wildfires 2019

Its the headline of 2019: "Record" high temperatures causing massive forest fires in Chile as government declares a 'state of catastrophe'
Chile on Tuesday declared a 'state of catastrophe' in three regions ravaged by forest fires that have killed two people and razed 10,000 hectares of land.
Declaring catastrophe in parts of Biobio, La Araucania and Los Rios paves the way for the armed forces to take part in the efforts to battle the blazes, said acting Interior Minister Rodrigo Ubilla.
He told reporters that the fires have "increased significantly," prompting officials to take more drastic measures.
"High temperatures, strong winds and low humidity have been factors" in sparking and spreading the fires, said Ubilla.


Temperatures on a 20 year high in parts of Australia thousands of residents come under attack from an out-of-control bushfire that is thought to have been deliberately lit
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As deadly temperatures so high petrol pumps have seized up and the mercury hitting 49.3 Celsius (120.74 F) in parts of Australia, forty firefighters have come under attack from an out-of-control bushfire that is suspected to have been deliberately lit in central Gippsland.
Thousands of residents in 14 towns are on high alert as hundreds of firefighters and aircraft continue to battle the blaze, which spread from 600 hectares on Friday to 10,000 hectares overnight as strong winds swept in from the south-west with the evening's cool change.

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