Young Journalists ClubBushfires have killed at least four people and destroyed more than 400 homes since the start of November. Fires are still burning in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland states.
Authorities are battling to control nearly 140 fires across New South Wales State, with strong winds stoking several blazes to out-of-control levels. The most severe fires all ringed Sydney, the state capital, where around 5 million live — propelling smoke across the city.
Bushfires are common in Australia but the fire season has begun much earlier than usual, with temperatures soaring regularly above 40 degrees C before even the start of the southern summer and high winds hitting the drought-parched landscape.