Wildfires – Australia
Thousands of people were being evacuated from their homes in northeast Australia late on Wednesday, as bushfires raged across Queensland state amid a scorching heatwave. More than 100 fires continue to burn across the state but favourable conditions overnight allowed firefighters to make some progress on one major fire at Gracemere, near Rockhampton.
About 8,000 people were told to leave the town of Gracemere, south of the central coast area of Rockhampton, as a fast-moving blaze threatened homes.
Early on Thursday, residents of two more communities – Campwin Beach and Sarina Beach, south of Mackay – were woken by police and emergency text messages telling them they must leave.