Australia hit by devastating bush fire

 
 
 
  • Firefighters douse burning logs. Cooler conditions helped firefighters battling blazes across Australia, but up to 30 fires are still out of control. (Greg Wood, AFP)
  • Burnt trees is al that is left after one of the big fires in Australia. (Greg Wood, AFP)
  • A highway in New South Wales, Australia is blocked by a big fire. (NSW, AFP)
  • Bushfires raged out of control across Australia's most populous state, fanned by intense heat and high winds in "catastrophic" conditions that threatened homes and triggered evacuations. (NSW, AFP)
  • Smoke billowing as a bushfire burns near Green Point in New South Wales. (NSW, AFP)
  • Temperatures cooled from record highs across much of southern Australia reducing the danger from scores of wildfires that have blazed for days. (NSW, AP)
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  • The small red dots and smoke show a number of fires burning across the Australian island of Tasmania. (NASA, AFP)
  • Authorities evacuated national parks. (NSW, AFP)
  • Plumes of smoke rise from a fire near Cooma, Australia. Temperatures across much of New South Wales state are expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius causing extreme conditions. (NSW, AP)
  • Fire fighters battle a grass fire in Oura, near Wagga Wagga in New South Wales on January 8, 2013. Bushfires raged across Australia's most populous state on January 8, fanned by intense heat and high winds in "catastrophic" conditions that have put thousands of firefighters on high alert. (Lukas Coch, AFP)
  • Wildfire smoke rises from hills behind the village of Numeralla in New South Wales state on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Wildfires raged across much of southeast Australia. (Rod McGuirk, AP)
  • (Rod McGuirk, AP)
  • (Rod McGuirk, AP)
  • Thousands of people have fled wildfires raging on the Australian island of Tasmania that have destroyed at least 80 properties amid fears that at least one man died in the blaze, police say. (Chris Kidd, AFP)
  • Westpac Police Rescue Helicopter crewman Matthew Drumm surveys the devastated town of Dunalley after bush fires swept through the area. (Chris Kidd, AFP)
  • The devastated town of Dunalley after bush fires swept through the area. (Chris Kidd, AFP)
  • Dunalley. (Chris Kidd, AFP)
  • Damage in Boomer Bay. (Chris Kidd, AFP)
  • Property between Dunalley and Boomer Bay after bush fires swept through the area. (Chris Kidd, AFP)