Southern Australian schools closed as the weather whips up wildfire fears
Forecasts that powerful winds would hit Victoria state on Monday night and temperatures would rise on Tuesday triggered fears of a repeat of the fires that roared across the state last month, killing more than 210 people.
Victoria’s Emergency Services Commissioner Bruce Esplin told reporters on Monday, “This is not a case of crying wolf. This is the case of a very genuine concern about the weather.”
Up to 5,000 firefighters backed by hundreds of trucks and water-dumping helicopters have been deployed in Victoria.
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