Heavy Rain Forecast in Australia ‘Unlikely’ to Put Out Raging Fires

Animals are seen in Cobargo as bushfires continue in New South Wales

Animals are seen in Cobargo as bushfires continue in New South Wales

On Monday, New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons commented on the enormous fire, noting that there was a "small area of burning still to complete" but that the "containment prognosis looks promising", AFP reported.

Temperatures above 40ºC and strong winds have made it more hard to fight the fires.

They have been clearing vegetation and carrying out controlled burns in an effort to protect areas like the coastal town of Eden, where a large bushfire is burning to the south.

Fires in the state have destroyed about 1,000 homes since the New Year.

The 60-year-old father-of-two (pictured above), who had been commended for 40 years of service, was killed by a falling tree on Saturday. "Working on the fire ground in a forest environment is a dynamic, high-risk environment and it carries with it significant risk".

At least 27 people have died and the fires have destroyed an area equivalent to the size of Iceland. Four of the victims were firefighters.

The climate-change-fueled fires have prompted an global outpouring and donations from around the world to help communities and animal populations.

He said the government was developing a national disaster risk reduction framework within the Department of Home Affairs that will deal with wildfires, cyclones, floods and drought.

"I've been in direct contact at senior levels of the U.S. administration", Mr Morrison said in response to a question from The Courier-Mail. "This is obviously affected by the broader changes in climate", he said.

It comes as senior Ministers were forced to defend Mr Morrison from bushfire backlash, claiming the community's "expectations changed" on how much the Federal Government should be involved in disaster management, as polls revealed a shocking slump in his popularity.

State authorities have said a minority of fires are deliberately lit.

"The government's policies are determined by the cabinet".

NSW's National Parks and Wildlife Service staff prepare to air-drop carrots for animals in bushfire-stricken areas in Newnes, Wollemi National Park, New South Wales, Australia on January 10, 2020. The Scott Morrison government has been accused of not taking adequate steps on the issue of climate change.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has appeared under intense criticism for downplaying the need to address climate change, which specialists reply has supported supercharge the unprecedented blazes. "But I am also very mindful, as is the government, of the very real scars that will be there for quite a period of time to come for those who've been exposed to the trauma of these bushfires".

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