State of Emergency declared in Australia!

Authorities in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have declared a state of emergency as massive bush fires rage south of Canberra.

Officials in the area have said the fires are the worst in two decades and is burning over more than 18,500 hectares.

Residents in parts of Canberra have been informed to remain aware of any possible evacuations that may need to take place.

Mr Barr warned the fires “may become uncontrollable” as temperatures climbed to 40C and were fuelled by strong winds.

He said the worst blaze was just south of the district of Tuggeranong, a 20-minute drive south of Parliament House in Canberra.

He added the state of emergency – which gives extra power and resources to fire authorities – would be in place for “as long as Canberra is at risk”.

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