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USA firefighters cheered as they arrive to fight Australia wildfires

Mr. Slade's death follows conservative views implying that more than 1 billion animals have so far lost their lives in the fire amid concerns that some species could be lost forever. The fund will be used to coordinate a national response to rebuild communities and livelihoods in the aftermath of a catastrophic bushfire. The breathing space for heavy fires promises to be the longest of the current brand season.

Meanwhile, thousands of people took to the streets on Friday in different cities in Australia to protest against the government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and their environmental policies in the face of the awful situation caused in the country by the virulent forest fires recorded in recent months.

"We want to reduce emissions and do the best job we possibly can and get better and better and better at it", he said.

Temperatures are expected to soar into the 40s on Friday across Victoria's fire-ravaged East Gippsland and north-east before a cool change arrives in the afternoon, and four evacuation alerts have been issued for the area as communities brace for another horror fire day.

"The conditions are such that it is continuing to present a significant risk to the firefighters who are working hard to control the fires, and to anyone else in the vicinity", South Australia Country Fire Service chief Mark Jones said.

With a forest area covering 20 percent of its total land area, Australia is not a stranger to wildfires.

On Friday night, three fires joined to form a mega-fire in the Snowy Mountains that straddle the border between the states of Victoria and New South Wales (NSW), Efe news reported.

A burnt vehicle is seen among the charred trees in Lithgow, in New South Wales.

It has taken the death toll since the crisis began in September to 26 people, with more than 2,000 homes being destroyed, wildlife being decimated, and an area larger than the U.S. state of in being scorched.

28 people have died so far, and more than 2200 homes have been destroyed.

NIFC officials say if the conditions in Australia don't improve, even more US firefighters could be sent to help.

They have been clearing vegetation and carrying out controlled burns in an effort to protect areas like the coastal town of Eden, where a large bush fire is burning to the south.

Smoke from the bushfires has drifted across the Pacific, affecting cities in South America, and may have reached the Antarctic, the United Nations (UN)'s World Meteorological Organization has said.

Australia Sees No End to Unprecedented Wildfire Crisis

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