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Fire in Australia destroys 10,000 hectares and leaves thousands of people homeless

Fire in Australia.

Australian firefighters battle on Thursday a “fleeting” fire a few hours drive from the city of Melbourne which burned 10,000 hectares of land and caused thousands of evacuees.

Around a thousand firefighters were deployed to extinguish the fire, which broke out in the southern state of Victoria.

They are supported by tankers (…) We are throwing everything we can,” said Jason Hefferman, chief of the fire department, to the ABC television station.

“I predict that The fire will continue dynamically and volatile,” he added.

For now the flames raged 10,000 hectares of forest and agricultural land.

Emergency services urged thousands of people in 28 farming communities near the fire to leave their homes and go to emergency shelters.

Although there are no official figures, Some local media reports claim that more than 2,000 people have been mobilized to prevent them from being injured by the flames or suffocating by the smoke.

After several years of rain, Australia is facing one of the most intense fire seasons since the catastrophic southern summer of 2019-2020.

On the so-called “Black Saturday” Forest fires devastated the country’s east coastThey killed millions of animals and covered the cities with clouds of smoke.

Fires of Black Saturday

In February 2009, an unprecedented tragedy occurred in Victoria, Australia with the Black Saturday Fires. This natural disaster, caused by high temperatures and strong winds, devastated large areas and 173 people were killed. The communities of Kinglake, Marysville and Strathewen were hardest hit Thousands of houses were reduced to rubble within just a few hours.

Firefighters fought bravely against the flames, but the scale of the disaster was overwhelming. Images of devastation and desolation shocked the world as Australia faced one of the worst tragedies in recent history.

The Black Saturday fires left behind a deep scar in the region and in the hearts of its residentsbut they also demonstrated the resilience and solidarity of the Australian community in difficult times.

With information from AFP.

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