Raging wildfires trap 4,000 at Australian town’s waterfront

Posted on AllSides December 31st, 2019
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PERTH, Australia (AP) — Wildfires burning across Australia’s two most populous states Tuesday trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions and killed at least two people while more property along the country’s east coast fell victim to a devastating fire season.

About 4,000 residents in the southeastern town of Mallacoota in Victoria state fled toward the water Tuesday morning as winds pushed an emergency-level wildfire toward their homes. Smoke filling the sky shrouded the town in darkness before turning an unnerving shade of bright red.

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