With a massive fire burning in Australia’s capital, the battle against a deadly blaze is being fought on three fronts: ground, air and sea.
As the fire spreads, it threatens the lives of people in Canberra and beyond.
As one of the nation’s most senior firefighting agencies, the Australian Fire Service (AFS) is fighting fires at a pace of almost one a day.
Its chief executive officer, Chris O’Connell, says there are no guarantees the fires won’t cause catastrophic loss of life.
“We’ve got fires going on all over the country and we are getting them out at a rate of about 10 a day, but we’ve got a long way to go before we’re able to say with certainty that the fires will stop and the fires can stop,” he said.
Mr O’Connors department has just over 2,000 firefighters and a fleet of aircraft.
But the fires have become increasingly destructive and are now burning at a ferocious pace.AAP/ABC