Disaster Relief: Providing shelter. food and water to hundreds of people fleeing the bushfire.
At least 71 homes have been destroyed in a bushfire raging out of control near Australia's fourth-biggest city Perth, authorities said Wednesday, as they told residents to ignore a coronavirus lockdown and leave threatened areas.
The blaze has torn through swathes of land in the Perth Hills and was moving towards more densely populated areas.
Six firefighters received minor injuries -- including one who officials said suffered burns and continued working to extinguish the blaze -- but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported so far.
As the fire front edged nearer to more populated areas, Klemm called on locals to act swiftly to escape the potentially deadly blaze despite the coronavirus restrictions.
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Australian firefighters are struggling to control a massive bushfire that already destroyed 40 percent of the UNESCO world heritage-listed Fraser Island before a heatwave hit Monday. On Tuesday morning local time, fire and emergency services in the eastern state of Queensland issued a "prepare to leave" warning for the Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village on the island, as blazes in several locations threatened the area. The fire on the world's largest sand island, off Australia's east coast, has been raging for more than six weeks and is consuming large swaths of the island's unique forests. Fraser Island -- known for its large population of dingoes, or native wild dogs -- was listed as a world heritage site for its rainforests, freshwater dune lakes and complex system of sand dunes that are still evolving.
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