Enormous ‘Megafire’ In Australia Engulfs 1.5 Million Acres : NPR

Two fires have merged into a single blaze more than three times as big as California’s largest-ever known fire. A quarter of a million people have been urged to evacuate towns south of Sydney.

A pair of massive bushfires in southeastern Australia has merged into a “megafire” engulfing some 2,300 square miles — a single blaze more than three times as large as any known fire in California.

The merged fire, which straddles the country’s most populous states of New South Wales and Victoria, measures nearly 1.5 million acres, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. It is just one of some 135 bushfires in Australia’s southeast that have claimed the lives of at least 26 people, killed more than a billion animals and damaged or destroyed nearly 3,000 homes.

Source: Enormous ‘Megafire’ In Australia Engulfs 1.5 Million Acres : NPR

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