Australia's capital, Canberra, is preparing for the worst, while the two fires out of control approaching the city's southern suburbs.
Temperatures of 41 degrees and a fierce wind is on Saturday worsened the two fires south of the capital. The one has already consumed more than 300 square kilometers of land.
Friday was declared a state of emergency in Canberra, which is expected to last throughout the weekend.
this is The first time, the metropolitan area declared a state of emergency since 2003. At that time, the four people killed by a fire that destroyed almost 500 homes.
- Today's extreme heat wave, the dry conditions and the extremely high fire danger means that we are waiting for yet a very challenging day for brandslukningen, says the capital's brandkommissær, Georgeina Whelan.
- the Situation will potentially be even more dangerous, and the fire will be able to pose a threat to all life that comes in its way, says Whelan.
In the state of New South Wales, which is around hovedstadsterritoriet, there are still about 60 active fires. A third of them are not under control.
the Authorities have issued warnings to citizens in several places in the state.
one of The two fires approaching Canberra, raging at the area of Bredbo, New South Wales, on the border to hovedstadsterritoriet.
the Fire brigade in New South Wales on Twitter shared a video of the fire that spreads rapidly and leaves a wall of smoke.
- If you are in the area, it is too late to leave it, warns the fire department.
In another lookup share the fire department in a number of dramatic images from the brandslukningen.
The devastating fires that have ravaged Australia in recent months, has so far claimed the lives of 33 persons life.
It is estimated that about one billion of wild animals have perished in the flames since september.
About 2500 homes have been destroyed nationwide, and more than 117.000 square kilometers of land have been destroyed by the fires.