South Australian fire officials said the situation on Kangaroo Island has stabilised after more than 200,000 hectares (494,000 acres) had burnt in blazes described as "hell on earth", by the island's mayor, Michael Pengill, on Twitter. It will probably be the best seven days we've had without an increase in very risky fire classes, "said Fitzsimmons".
It has taken the death toll since the crisis began in September to 26 people, with more than 2,000 homes being destroyed, wildlife being decimated, and an area larger than the USA state of in being scorched.
She also has accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison's conservative government of taking more action to combat climate change, which experts say has exacerbated the flames. It said that showers and thunderstorms should become more widespread on January 16 as a cold front moves across the southeast, with an increased chance of rain over the eastern Victoria and southeastern NSW fire sites.
"We need to ensure the trauma and mental health needs of our people are supported in a way like we never have before", Morrison was cited as saying.
A man has been charged over the fatal head-on auto crash in regional Victoria which killed an on-duty Forest Fires Management worker and seriously injured his colleague. So we are able to get past the fire now, to go on the offensive.
Victoria emergency services minister Lisa Neville urged communities affected by the fires to use the expected milder weather conditions to check on each other.
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Temperatures in parts of New South Wales and Victoria have also spiked above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
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The drivers told police they had been at a pool hall earlier in the night, according to the arrest citation. They were reportedly arrested for alleged reckless driving and racing motor vehicles on a public road.
A state of disaster was lifted at midnight Saturday after firefighters delayed the progress of a fire that threatened the Alpine towns of Bright and Harrietville in northeastern Victoria on Friday night. He said that 60-year-old Slade was praised in November last year for his 40 years of service in the forest agency. "Working on the fire site in a forest environment is a high-risk dynamic environment and it involves significant risk". Thousands of protesters gathered Friday in Sydney and Melbourne, demanding that Morrison be sacked and that Australia take tougher action against global warming.
"This is a longer-term risk framework model that addresses one of the big problems in response to climate change", said Morrison. The breaking of temperature records, dry forest and strong wind has made the fire more catastrophic.
Another junior politician, Craig Kelly, has also publicly denied any link between climate change and fire crisis.
State officials said only a minority of the fires were deliberately started. Our party room has a wide range of views, "said Morrison of those in government who reject climate science".
Not only rain affected the agricultural production but it also helped in spreading the fire.
The fire seared an area of national park three times the size of Greater London and lit several connected blazes totalling over 800,000 hectares - an area larger than Austria.