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Australia prepares for a new heat wave and the return of the red fire alert

December 28, 2019
Incendios en Australia

Fires in Australia – Dan Himbrechts / AAP / dpa

SYDNEY, Dec. 28 (DPA / EP) –

The Australian authorities have begun preparations for the rebound in temperatures expected from Saturday with the arrival of a new heat coming from the east coast at a time when dozens of fires burn out of control in the country.

The capital, Canberra, has raised its fire alert to “serious” on a day when temperatures have risen to 38 ° C, while firefighters attempt to clear the most vulnerable areas west and south of Sydney, the capital of New Wales South and the most populous city in Australia.

The fire danger is forecast to increase early next week as temperatures reach 43ºC in the west of the city, according to the Meteorology Office.

Meanwhile, more than 70 forest fires remain active this Saturday in the state of New South Wales, with more than 30 out of control, as reported by the commissioner of the State Rural Fire Service, Shane Fitzsimmons.

A total of 34,000 square kilometers, an area the size of Belgium, have burned throughout the state. The flames have swept over 1,000 homes and nine people have died, including two volunteer firefighters.