Thick plumes of toxic smoke billowing from the devastating wildfires in Australia, showed the infrared images taken from space. The photos show the scale of the blaze after 46C heat and high winds, which increased the ferocity of the bushfires last Saturday.
More than 1,500 homes had been destroyed, and approximately 300 fires are ravaging across the country. As bushfires threatened some towns, the authorities gave evacuation orders, and thousands of residents from Victoria have left their homes.
Last Saturday, when the Princess Highway closed between the NSW border and southern Victoria, 24 communities were isolated, reported the Herald Sun. When the bushfires were out of control, the residents from Cann River were evacuated through an old road to Orbost. Forty cars and a bus left the town at 3 pm.
The authorities also warned the people in Herrietville, Freeburg, Wandiligong, and Smoko as the fire spread because of the high winds. Around 70 percent of the population of East Gippsland have fled as well.
The authorities begged the people from NSW to limit their energy use because it came as a central line in the Snowy mountains causing 15,000 lost their power.
The wildfires are spreading at an enormous speed until Sunday morning; there were 150 bushfires in NSW. Seven of them were at an emergency level. According to officials, 50 fires are burning in Victoria, of which 13 are at the emergency level. Emergency alerts are in place, and evacuation is underway in Victoria, South Australia, and NSW. The prediction is that the devastating fires will be burning until March.
Since October, when the bushfires began, at least 23 people have been killed, and six people are still missing in the fire-affected regions.