Australia fires: helicopter crashes as 140 blazes rage in NSW and Queensland – live | Australia news

Queensland is choking on NSW’s bushfire smoke as a southerly change sweeps across the state bringing testing conditions for firefighters. The southeast corner of the state is shrouded in smoke, with the World Health Quality index showing unhealthy levels of air quality across parts of Queensland. “We have seen a southerly change move up from […]

California: thousands flee from fire burning near Santa Barbara | US news

Thousands of residents of southern California have fled their homes because of a wind-driven wildfire burning in mountains near Santa Barbara. Map Santa Barbara county officials declared a “local emergency” early on Tuesday morning, as the Cave fire spread through the Los Padres national forest. The fire had erupted Monday afternoon in the forest and […]

No, koalas are not ‘functionally extinct’

Over the weekend, social media users grew alarmed over reports that koalas are now “functionally extinct” following devastating wildfires. Turns out, the iconic Australian creature is not gone anywhere. Unprecedented fires ripped through Queensland and New South Wales this month, killing six people and burning hundreds of thousands of hectares of land. Firefighters were battling […]