Firefighters battled scores of wildfires in southeastern Australia as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level. (Jan. 8)
Bushfires ravage southern Australia
Bushfires are still burning across large areas of south-eastern Australia. More than 130 blazes have destroyed homes and consumed farmland. "Catastrophic" fire alerts have been issued in some areas.