On December 17th,media reported that local authorities in Australia were trying to “reverse-burn” with lower temperatures, but that was counterproductive, and the fire was out of control or facing the hottest day on record! The report says about 400,000 hectares of land have been burned and firefighters have put out more than 100 fires in NSW since October.
Local authorities have tried to use lower temperatures to “reverse lyfer” or deliberately set off small fires to remove vegetation before major forest fires, thereby preventing their spread. But unfortunately the fire got out of control. The flames are now spreading above the containment line, reaching as high as 70 meters.
A new heatwave is expected to bring Australia to record high temperatures, surpassing the 50.7C recorded in 1960.
It is reported that Australia’s wildfires have been burning for more than 100 days, is still out of control. Recently, known as the most powerful killer in the mountain fire, “fire tornado” also frequently appear, the flame is a whirlwind-like hundreds of meters high, spread fast, the scope of destruction is huge.
The fires have also put Australia’s national treasure koalas to a serious test of their living conditions, with bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland destroying 80 per cent of the koala’s natural habitat and experts saying koalas may face functional extinction.