Saturday, January 5, 2013
Thousands flee Wildfires in Tasmania, Australia
The fires flared on Friday as much of the country suffered a summer heatwave which pushed temperatures above 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in Tasmania, a southern island state known for its cooler climate.
One of the worst affected areas was the small community of Dunalley, some 55 kilometres (34 miles) east of Hobart, where police estimate about 30 percent of the buildings have been destroyed, including the police station and school.
Bushfires are also burning in other parts of Australia, including South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
More: The Star..Thousands flee wildfires in southern Australia