Australia fires at risk of 'merging'
Firefighters in New South Wales, Australia, who have been working against the clock for days, battling one of the most destructive bushfires ever to hit the nation, say the three main blazes are at risk of joining into one fire front.
The state's Rural Fire Services told reporters Monday that the State Mine fire near Lithgow was at risk of merging with a fire at Mount Victoria.
The state has declared a state of emergency, as homes have been destroyed or damaged leaving hundreds homeless while more than a dozen fires are still reeling out of control.
Officials say conditions will worsen this week, peaking on Wednesday with warm weather and strong winds.
"People wake up tomorrow, it's overcast, it's cooler, they shouldn't think that the crisis is over. With the forecast gust and winds tomorrow, it's every bit as bad as it was over the last couple of days."
The exact cause of the fires across the state remain unclear, but officials say a blaze near Lithgow may have been caused by a military training exercise.
Authorities have advised nearby communities to consider evacuating ahead of the worsening weather conditions.
One man has died so far, reportedly of a heart attack while trying to protect his home.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
Also on Monday, authorities arrested an 11-year-old boy, accused of deliberately lighting two fires. A 15-year-old is also being questioned in connection to the fires.
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