|Australia struggling to contain more fires
Firefighters in Australia battled hot, dry winds and soaring temperatures as more blazes began on the seventh day of bushfires.
At least 65 fires were burned across the state of New South Wales with 18 of them uncontained and warnings again issued for people to leave their homes or be extra vigilant.
The focus was once again on the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney, an area home to 75,000 people where three huge infernos have been burning for days, AFP reports.
One of them, in Springwood where more than 100 homes were lost last week, was upgraded to the highest “emergency'' level.
But fires were also breaking out elsewhere around the state with a blaze at Minmi near Newcastle, north of Sydney, which was deemed an “emergency'' as it closed the main freeway that links the two cities and sparked traffic chaos.
Another blaze at Colo, to the northwest of Sydney, was burning aggressively with water-bombing aircraft attempting to bring it under control, although the high winds were hampering the effort.
So far more than 120,000 hectares of land has been burnt across the state and more than 200 homes destroyed. But only one person has died.
Temperatures were at the mid-30 degrees Celsius range Wednesday and coupled with low humidity and forecast wind gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour.