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US News Australia's bushfire-stricken east welcomes drenching rain

08:15  17 january  2020
08:15  17 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Australian bushfire smoke drifts to South America - WMO

  Australian bushfire smoke drifts to South America - WMO Australian bushfire smoke drifts to South America - WMOGENEVA (Reuters) - Smoke from wildfires in Australia has drifted across the Pacific and affected cities in South America, and may have reached the Antarctic, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday.

Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia east coast on Friday and brought relief to farmers in three states battling a Teonie Dwyer via REUTERS. Australia , famous for its pristine beaches and wildlife, has been fighting bushfires since September, with fires killing 29

* Australia will have to wait until March for rains heavy enough to bring sustained relief from dry weather that has fuelled deadly bushfires, the country's weather Australia softens climate change rhetoric as bushfires, and voters, rage. Australia ' s bushfire - stricken east welcomes drenching rain .

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By Lidia Kelly. MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia ' s east coast on Friday and brought relief to farmers battling years of drought, but the city of Melbourne braced for another wave of unhealthy air over the weekend.

By Lidia Kelly. MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia east coast on Friday and brought relief to farmers in three states battling a drought which has left much of the country tinder dry.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Intense thunderstorms with heavy rains dampened bushfires on Australia's east coast on Friday and brought relief to farmers battling years of drought, but the city of Melbourne braced for another wave of unhealthy air over the weekend. 

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  Town destroyed by Australia's deadliest bushfire faces new threat It is more than a decade since Black Saturday. In February 2009 a bushfire ripped through the area surrounding Kinglake, a town not far north of Melbourne. It killed 173 people and remains Australia's deadliest bushfire incident. But Kinglake is at risk again.Mikey Libreri has lived in the town his entire life. He takes me through the dry bush around his house and points to the ridge."The flame height about 300 metres from here was up to half a kilometre high.

Raging bushfires have razed properties in Australia and briefly spread to suburbs of Sydney, officials say. Media captionMatt Taylor looks at the causes behind Australia ' s bushfires . People in vulnerable NSW communities have been urged to stay away from bushland.

More rain is forecast across parts of eastern Australia over the weekend. Torrential downpours drenched much of bushfire -ravaged eastern Australia on Friday, providing a second day of much-needed relief to firefighters battling a months-long crisis.

Australia, famous for its pristine beaches and wildlife, has been fighting bushfires since September, with fires killing 29 people and millions of animals, and destroying more than 2,500 homes while razing an area roughly a third the size of Germany.

a group of people on a beach: People slide around in the mud, celebrating the rainfall in Winton, Queensland © Reuters/TEONIE DWYER People slide around in the mud, celebrating the rainfall in Winton, Queensland

Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, three of the most affected states by drought and bushfires welcomed the drenching rain this week, with fire services saying the falls will not extinguish all the blazes, but will aid greatly containment.

"Our fingers are crossed that this continues over the coming days," New South Wales fire services said on Twitter on Friday.

Gallery: Australia's bushfire emergency 2019/20 (Photo Services) 

Bushfire smoke plume destined to reach Australia again after circling the globe, NASA predicts

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Australia fires . Image caption More than 100 bushfires are still burning in New South Wales. Although recent cooler conditions and rain have brought some respite, more than 100 fires are still burning in the What' s Australia doing to fight the bushfires ? South Australia has also suffered.

Yorkshire knitters help animals in Australia fires Jump to media player These Yorkshire knitters are helping animals affected by the Australian bushfires . Though more wet weather is needed to end the fires , the rain has brought a welcome reprieve to many areas.

Thick smoke from the East Gippsland bushfires still covers areas of the region on January 13, 2020 near Nicholson, Australia.  The death toll from Victorian bushfires has now risen to four, following the death of a firefighter on Saturday near Omeo. Fires in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia have burned more than 10 million hectares of land in recent months. 21 people have been killed and thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed.

Severe storms are forecast to continue in many fire-stricken regions of New South Wales and Queensland, including areas that have not seen heavy falls for months, Bureau of Meteorology in NSW said, easing slightly the state's three-year drought.

While the wet weather brings relief to fire fighters and drought-hit farmers, it also comes with dangers, such as flash flooding and falling trees, many structurally destroyed by the intense bushfires.

Bushfires destroy properties in the twonship of Hillville on the Mid North Coast of NSW, November 12, 2019. (Photo by Nick Moir/The Sydney Morning Herald via Getty Images) © 2019 Fairfax Media Bushfires destroy properties in the twonship of Hillville on the Mid North Coast of NSW, November 12, 2019. (Photo by Nick Moir/The Sydney Morning Herald via Getty Images)

The heavy downpours have helped to clean smoky air in Australia, but Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne remained on Friday in the world's top 100 polluted cities, according to AirVisual's pollution ranking for major global cities. 

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Bushfires in Australia impact extensive areas, cause property damage, and have accounted for the deaths of 800 people in Australia since 1851.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain swept across parts of Australia ' s east coast on Thursday, bringing hope that some of the What we really need is soaking, steady rain .” Australia has been battling its worst bushfire season on record since September, with fires killing 29 people and millions of animals

Melbourne, sheathed by a tick smoke earlier in the week that disrupted the Australian Open qualifying matches and other sporting competitions, is forecast to again be blanketed by unhealthy air over the weekend.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Tourists are seen looking at The Sydney Harbour Bridge in the rain on January 17, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for some parts of Sydney as the city experiences its wettest day in four months. The rain is welcome relief after months of bushfires which have been burning across NSW. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Tourists are seen looking at The Sydney Harbour Bridge in the rain on January 17, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for some parts of Sydney as the city experiences its wettest day in four months. The rain is welcome relief after months of bushfires which have been burning across NSW. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

The smoke haze that has plagued Australia's major cities for weeks has been tracked by NASA circumnavigating the globe and the space agency satellites showed on Thursday there is also a large concentration of lower smoke over the Pacific Ocean.

Following are some highlights of what is happening in the bushfire crisis:

TOPSHOT - The burnt landscape is seen from an Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-130 Hercules aircraft over Kangaroo Island on January 16, 2020. - The ADF transported firefighters from Adelaide to Kangeroo Island after bushfires ravaged the island off of the south coast of Australia. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images) TOPSHOT - The burnt landscape is seen from an Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-130 Hercules aircraft over Kangaroo Island on January 16, 2020. - The ADF transported firefighters from Adelaide to Kangeroo Island after bushfires ravaged the island off of the south coast of Australia. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)

** There were 82 fires burning across New South Wales early Friday, 30 uncontained, and several fires in Victoria, according to fire authorities.

Bushfire smoke plume destined to reach Australia again after circling the globe, NASA predicts

  Bushfire smoke plume destined to reach Australia again after circling the globe, NASA predicts If you thought the bushfire smoke was finally starting to clear, NASA says we might be in for more — but from the same plume, which is circumnavigating the globe.NASA is predicting smoke from the country's devastating bushfires will make it all the way around the world, with the potential to move over Australian skies again in the coming days.

Australia has been battling its worst bushfire season on record since September, with fires killing 29 people and millions of animals, and destroying more than 2,500 homes while razing bushland across an area the size of Bulgaria. There were still 85 fires burning across the state of New South Wales on

Australian authorities say a fourth person has died in a week of massive bushfires on the nation' s east coast. Crews are still battling over 120 fires in NSW and Queensland, but locals in Western Australia have now been warned of extremely dangerous conditions.

** Firefighters, family and the local community of Holbrook in New South Wales farewelled on Friday Samuel McPaul, a 28-year-old volunteer who died in December while fighting a massive and fast-moving blaze.

** Australia will have to wait until March for rains heavy enough to bring sustained relief from dry weather that has fuelled deadly bushfires, the country's weather bureau said on Thursday.

** Australia's peak tourism body estimated the country's bushfire crisis has so far cost the industry almost A$1 billion (528.09 million pounds).

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: A tree shines with recent rainwater in a park in North Sydney on January 17, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for some parts of Sydney as the city experiences its wettest day in four months. The rain is welcome relief after months of bushfires which have been burning across NSW. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images) © 2020 James D. Morgan SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: A tree shines with recent rainwater in a park in North Sydney on January 17, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for some parts of Sydney as the city experiences its wettest day in four months. The rain is welcome relief after months of bushfires which have been burning across NSW. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)

** Qualifying rounds of Australian Open in Melbourne, the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, blighted by complaints from players about the pollution.

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Water tanker plane feared to have crashed while fighting bushfires .
A water tanker plane is feared to have crashed while fighting bushfires in Australia on Thursday. Rural Fire Service (RFS) officials said they lost contact with the "large air tanker" while it was above the Snowy Monaro region of New South Wales.The RFS said in a statement: "Local ground crews indicate the aircraft may have crashed.Video: New bushfire forces evacuations near Australian capital of Canberra (Newsy) Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_6dd13243-8481-4d04-833a-da4fb5a4dc8e").

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