Bushfires conditions worsen in east and west Australia

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Published November 17, 2019, 8:28 AM

By Reuters

MELBOURNE– Rising temperatures, lightning strikes and gusty winds further raised fire danger on both coasts of Australia on Sunday as the country already battles more than 120 bushfires and firefighters work day and night trying to contain them.

FILE PHOTO: Overview of wildfires in New South Wales, Australia November 14, 2019. Satellite image( ©2019 Maxar Technologies/via REUTERS/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Western Australia declared catastrophic fire ratings for four of the state regions as temperatures were set to rise well above 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) on Sunday.

Although the regions are thinly populated, the highest warning means that any fires that start are likely to be so devastating that even the most prepared properties may not survive it.

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