Wednesday/ bushfires: the worst on record

It’s Christmas Day, but firefighters in South Australia, across the Adelaide Hills, are still battling to bring raging bushfires under control there.
Record low rainfall this year has contributed to the scorching of some 5 million hectares (that’s 19,000 sq miles) in Australia so far, by far the worst year on record.

What will it take to get the bushfires in Australia under control? The water bottle is for the koala, I think. (Pictures of koalas tended by firefighters have made the rounds in the media). The CFA on the jackets of the firefighters stands for Country Fire Authority,  a fire and emergency service in some parts of the country. [Cartoon by Dean Alston in the West Australian].

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