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  1. Australia Main Page
  2. From the World Wars to the End of the Millennium
  3. Changes in Immigration Policy
  4. Australia on the International Stage as Peacekeeper
  5. Australia Elects Its First Female Prime Minister
  6. Worst Flooding in Decades
  7. U.S. Establishes Military Presence
  8. Wildfires and Record High Temperatures Strike in Early 2013
  9. Gillard Resigns after Losing Party Leadership
  10. Worst Fire Emergency in almost 50 Years
  11. Abbott Named Prime Minister
  12. Armed Man Holds Hostages in Sydney Cafe
  13. Turnbull Replaces Abbott as Prime Minister
Wildfires and Record High Temperatures Strike in Early 2013

In Jan. 2013, summer for Australia, wildfires spread throughout the southeastern part of the country. National parks were evacuated as temperatures reached 113 degrees Fahrenheit. The extremely high temperatures mixed with dry and windy conditions combined to raise the threat level to catastrophic, the most severe rating.

Since Sept. 2012, Australia has experienced record-breaking heat. Four months later, the country was having its hottest summer on record. So far there were no confirmed deaths due to the wildfires, but 100 people were missing after a fire raged through Dunalley, Tasmania, and destroyed approximately 90 homes. Thousands of sheep and cattle have been killed after the fires roared through some of the country’s biggest farming regions. As of Jan. 9, 2013, at least 141 fires were burning in the state of New South Wales alone.

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