Wildfires – Australia
About 500 firefighters were battling out-of-control wildfires in eastern Australia that have now destroyed at least 30 homes. More than 40 bushfires were burning across New South Wales state. Temperatures were cooler Wednesday after strong winds and stifling heat restricted firefighting efforts Tuesday. More than 100,000 hectares (380 square miles) have burned with the small village of Rappville, population 250, among the worst affected.