Waterbomber pilot killed fighting Australian wildfires

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A helicopter pilot died on Friday when his aircraft crashed while waterbombing rare winter bushfires in Australia that have swept across its drought-stricken southeast, police said. About 75 fires are burning across New South Wales state, fanned by dry conditions that prompted authorities to declare a drought across the state last week. … Continue reading Waterbomber pilot killed fighting Australian wildfires

No relief in sight as Australian drought fuels bushfires

SYDNEY, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The drought sweeping through large tracts of Australia is set to intensify over the next three months and is fuelling unseasonal winter bushfires, the leading meteorological agency and a fire official said on Thursday. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast of more warm, dry weather suggests hopes for a reprieve from … Continue reading No relief in sight as Australian drought fuels bushfires