Jesse Tahirali CTVNews.ca Digital Content Editor Published Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:00AM EST
TORONTO — The wildfires raging in Australia have so far scorched an area larger than the province of Nova Scotia, and the continent’s wildfire season–which normally lasts through March–is nowhere near its end.
While rain and cooler temperatures are bringing some relief to communities, there are still more than 135 fires burning across the southeastern Australian state of New South Wales and higher temperatures are in the weather forecast for later in the week. Seventy of those fires are not contained.
As officials warn conditions may only worsen, CTVNews.ca puts into context the wildfires’ devastating toll to humans and wildlife, and how the size of the blaze compares to other recent major fires around the world.