Smoke From Australian Bush Fires Cloud New Zealand Skies


Smoke From Australian Bush Fires Cloud New Zealand Skies

Smoke from Australia’s bushfires reached New Zealand’s South Island, Wednesday, January 1.
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READ MORE: Tens of thousands of holidaymakers raced to evacuate popular seaside towns on Australia’s east coast Thursday, fleeing ahead of advancing bushfires, as military ships and helicopters began rescuing thousands more trapped by the blazes.

Fueled by searing temperatures and high winds, more than 200 fires are now burning across the southeastern states of New South Wales and Victoria, threatening several towns.

Long lines formed outside supermarkets and gas stations near high-danger areas, and shelves were emptied of staples like bread and milk, as residents and tourists sought supplies to either hunker down or escape.

https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/australias-military-steers-mass-evacuation-ahead-wildfires

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Author: VOA News