AUSTRALIA’S bushfire raged across northern Australia for several days on Wednesday, with authorities trying to bring the blaze under control with the help of firefighting planes, helicopters and drones.
At least 23 people were killed in the blaze, which destroyed more than 70 homes and damaged more than 1,000 structures in the remote southern Australian town of Burleigh.
“I think the people who live there are devastated, and the community has lost a lot,” Chief Commissioner Andrew Scipione told reporters.
Firefighters were fighting to contain the blaze at the remote town of Albury in the state’s south-east, where officials said residents had been warned to evacuate, and that people had been evacuated from nearby villages.
The fire, which erupted late on Wednesday morning, destroyed nearly 40 per cent of the town, with firefighters using firefighting helicopters and helicopters to drop water from a helicopter and firefighting trucks to battle the blaze.
About 10 kilometres (six miles) away, fire crews fought to extinguish the blaze on the outskirts of the small town of Lake Eyre, which is near the Australian town and is about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the main fire scene.
Residents have been evacuated, and emergency services have declared a state of emergency, the AFP news agency reported.
Authorities have also ordered people to leave their homes immediately and advised people to remain indoors.
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