Rain gives relief but NSW fires still burn

Rain gives relief but NSW fires still burn

BURRAGATE, Australia-A firefighter was killed by a falling tree while battling the Australian wildfire crisis overnight and the prime minister on Sunday said his government was adapting and building resilience to the fire danger posed by climate change.

According to a report by 9News from Australia, it is one of the most widespread activities of this kind - the delivery of food to areas such as the Kangaroo Valley, the Capertee Valley, the Wolgan Valley and numerous national parks.

Smoke again sheathed Sydney on Sunday, nearly a new normal for the country's biggest city, moving the air quality into hazardous territory, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industry index.

According to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, climate change is influencing the frequency and severity of unsafe fire conditions in Australia and other parts of the world.

Extinction Rebellion has staged a protest outside the Australian Embassy in London to draw attention to the "betrayal" of the Australian government in "failing" to protect its citizens from bushfires.

In recent weeks, Mr Morrison has been heckled by locals when visiting fire-hit communities in the states of New South Wales and Victoria, where the worst blazes are concentrated.

Since October previous year, thousands of Australians have been subjected to repeat evacuations as huge and unpredictable fires scorched more than 10.3 million hectares, an area roughly the size of South Korea.

But NSW Rural Fire Service spokesperson Anthony Bradstreet delivered a more grim outlook, telling Guardian Australia the rain is not likely to put out the fires. Authorities have done about 3000 damage assessments and found 244 homes destroyed and 347 other structures ruined. "There is now such a large area that is still on fire and still burning that we will probably never find the bodies".

"I believe that the government has to take action now. if we are to reverse the effects (of climate change) for our future generations for our planet, our people, and our animals", protester Victoria Edghill told AFP.

The wildfires in Australia devastated over 10.7 million hectares of land - an area larger than Portugal.

NIFC officials say if the conditions in Australia don't improve, even more USA firefighters could be sent to help.

The fires, which have ravaged Australia for months, have spread quickly and overwhelmed efforts to contain them.