Australia bans open fires to try to stop bushfires

  • 23 January 2016
Forest fire in Tasmania

There has been a ban on all open fires in Tasmania in Australia as firefighters try to tackle blazes there.

The new rule means that no campfires or barbecues, unless they are gas-powered, will be allowed over the next four days.

Authorities hope it will give fire crews a chance to bring more than 70 fires burning across Tasmania under control.

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