A giant wall of smoke and flames hovers over the Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne, as Australia endures one of the worst days of its months-long bushfire crisis.
The authorities in New South Wales confirmed that three people have died in the blaze.
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The celebrations have been cancelled in Canberra as temperatures reach 38C.
The mid-northern coast of New South Wales was home to up to 28,000 koalas, but wildfires have significantly reduced their population in recent months.
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New South Wales is in the middle of a seven-day state of emergency as the fires, encouraged by a ferocious heatwave, rage out of control.
New South Wales where Sydney lies remains under a state of emergency as around 2000 firefighters struggle to limit around 100 wildfires.
But there's no way to put them out completely, only rain could do that.
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Around 2,000 firefighters are battling the fires, half of which remain uncontrolled, in Australia's most populous state with temperatures reaching 39C in central Sydney
Firefighters urged residents to evacuate areas near Gospers Mountain as a bushfire that has razed almost 400,000 hectares approached residential areas
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The fires have rekindled the debate about the climate crisis in the country, which is one of the world's largest exporters of coal.
The warning comes after two states were ravaged by dozens of out of control wildfires this past weekend.
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As many as 350 out of 600 animals on the reserve in New South Wales have been killed.
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