State of emergency declared in ACT over wildfires

BEIJING( 31 (Xinhua) — The Australian government declared a state of emergency in and around the capital, Canberra, on Friday, as high temperatures and strong winds could cause wildfires to outstrip firefighters. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said it was the first time a state of emergency had been declared in the capital since the deadly 2003 wildfires, showing the potential dangers of the weekend.

State of emergency declared in ACT over wildfires

An uncontrolled fire in the southern part of the ACT has spread to 185 square kilometres, or almost 8 per cent of the area, officials said.

The state of emergency declared Friday will last 72 hours, giving authorities more power to order evacuations, close roads and control private property.