Cooler weather helps Australia's firefighters

  • 9 January 2013
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Ricky reports on an Australian family's dramatic escape from a fire...

Cooler weather is helping fire crews as they keep on battling bushfires across south-east Australia.

Temperatures in New South Wales have fallen more than 10 degrees Celsius, after one of the hottest days in the country's history.

But scorching conditions are predicted to come back over the weekend and new fires are still spreading, authorities say.

The fires have destroyed buildings in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

'Emergency plan'

Firefighters further north in Queensland are keeping a close eye on the situation, as hot weather moves towards their coast too.

Fires are a real problem in Australia at this time of year as hot weather dries out the land and makes it easier for blazes to start.

Thousands of livestock are thought to have died in this year's bushfires. All national parks, and state forests have been closed to the public.

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Overnight Newsround spoke to Blair, a volunteer fire officer and his son, Mitchell, who live quite close to where the bush is burning.

"We have a fire emergency plan," they said, "if things become dangerous we'll have to evacuate".