Photograph by Rob Blakers, European Pressphoto Agency
Battling the Blaze
Firefighters tackle a grass fire in New South Wales, Australia, on January 7.
Fires have swept through more than 74,000 acres (30,000 hectares) in New South Wales, where officials closed state forests and national parks and issued a total fire ban, the AP reported. (See National Geographic's wildfire safety tips.)
Photograph by Gary Ramage, Newspix/Rex
The charred remains of a boat litter a jetty in Boomer Bay, Tasmania, on January 8, after a wildfire scorched the region.
Wildfires are common in Australia in the summer, but severe heat has made them worse.