Wildfires – Australia
For the past two weeks, pastoralists, including Tim and Chris Higham, in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region have been battling ferocious bushfires that have destroyed property and livestock. When lightning struck on January 6, three fires broke out in the area, plus another further north. Combined with strong winds and a significant fuel load, two of the fires joined together to form one mammoth blaze.
More than 340,000 hectares have been burnt across the Gascoyne Complex fires, according to DFES incident controller Peter Norman. Although the fires have now been brought under control, firefighters remain cautious about possible flare-ups.