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Unseasonably early bushfires in Australia

Unseasonably early bushfires in Australia Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features New South Wales and Queensland in Australia, where dozens of bushfires were active last week.

In this photo, fires are visibly burning in Yuraygir National Park and in the Shark Creek area.

According to the experts, fire activity has never been so severe across the region this early in the spring season.

Hundreds of firefighters were deployed to tackle the fires, which were said to have been accelerated by strong winds. Unseasonably early bushfires in Australia show in image above how intense they are starting to take off.

The image was captured on September 8, 2019 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 66 kilometres (41 mi) south-southeast of the state capital Brisbane and immediately north of the border with New South Wales. With a estimated population of 679,127, at June 2018 (including 76,779 in the adjacent Tweed Valley of New South Wales), the Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia, making it the largest non-capital city, and Queensland’s second-largest city.
Gold Coast is a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate and has become widely known for its surfing beaches, high-rise dominated skyline, theme parks, nightlife, and rainforest hinterland. The city is part of the nation’s entertainment industry with television productions and a major film industry. The city hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games which ran from 4 to 15 April 2018. 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency

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