The story appears on

Page A9

September 14, 2009

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » World

Dozens of bushfires blaze in Australia

AUSTRALIAN firefighters deployed water bombing aircraft to control some 60 bushfires that broke out yesterday, an unusually large number for the time of year, a fire service spokeswoman said.

The fires in New South Wales state come months after the country's worst bushfire disaster killed more than 170 people in February. With dry conditions and a drought, experts are predicting a difficult fire season when summer starts in December.

Rebel Talbert of the state's Rural Fire Service said 15 aircraft were deployed to fight the fires, which at times threatened properties. Although some containment work continued as night fell, most had been brought under control.

It was unusual to have so many fires at this time of the year, Talbert said. "If we don't get some rain we are looking at a potentially difficult fire season," she said.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend