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Australian State Orders 30 Thousand People to Evacuate Due to 'Catastrophic' Bushfire Risk

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Firefighters in the Australian state of Victoria are working to contain an intense bushfire that started last week and has already destroyed homes.

With hot, dry, and windy conditions forecast, authorities have warned of extreme to catastrophic fire danger in the coming days.

Around 30,000 people have been ordered to evacuate high-risk areas before Wednesday midday when officials say it will become too dangerous to leave.

Life Cycle of the Bushfire

The bushfire started on February 23rd in the rural Victorian town of Burndah and has burned over 7,500 hectares so far.

Six homes have already been destroyed as gusty winds drive the uncontrolled fire toward more densely populated areas. Temperatures are rapidly rising into the 40s Celsius, with wind gusts reaching 60 to 70 kilometres per hour.

Victoria’s Country Fire Authority chief has described the current fire conditions as catastrophic in some areas and expects them to persist for much of Wednesday.

In response to the deteriorating situation, emergency officials have ordered around 30,000 people near at-risk communities in western Victoria to evacuate immediately.


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