Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA
A large wildfire burned near Oklahoma City as dangerous conditions existed across that state and part of Texas. Hundreds of people were being evacuated as strong winds pushed the flames near homes.
Wildfires – Australia
Several homes were destroyed and two firefighters injured by huge wildfires that tore across Australia’s most populous state over the weekend, officials said Monday.
Scorching temperatures and fierce winds fanned the flames across a wide swathe of New South Wales on Saturday and Sunday. More than 2,500 firefighters fought nearly 100 fires as temperatures climbed to 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of the state. One fire alone burned through 50,000 hectares (124,000 acres).
The full extent of property damage was still unknown on Monday, but an initial assessment showed that at least 19 homes were destroyed, the fire service said.