Australia Fire Relief Fund
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Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Australia.
Some 27 people have so far been killed – including four firefighters – and an estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 sq km or 15.6 million acres) of bush, forest and parks across Australia has burned.
In the worst-hit state, New South Wales (NSW), fire has affected more than five million hectares, destroying more than 1,800 houses and forcing thousands to seek shelter elsewhere.
About 130 fires were burning across NSW on 9 January, in the bush, mountain forests and national parks with more than 50 uncontained.
Victoria, where fires have already burned 1.2 million hectares, has declared a “state of disaster” for the worst-hit areas, which allows the authorities to enforce evacuations and let emergency services take over properties.