Australia to pay 'whatever it takes' to fight wildfires

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Cooler temperatures and rain take edge off Australian wildfires

Dickman explained that his earlier estimate was conservative and exclusive to the state of New South Wales - which he now estimates has more than 800 million dead animals alone.

"The prayers of the Fijian people are with the Australian families who have suffered the loss of loved ones and homes, businesses and property to the catastrophic bushfires", Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said.

"They're interested in seeing fire, interested in setting fire and quite often the information around how fires burn and accelerate excites them", he told News Corp.

In New South Wales, the rural fire service (RFS) said as of Sunday there were 150 fires active in the state, 64 of them uncontrolled.

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Though the impact of climate change on fire clouds is still a nascent field of research, scientists are concerned that climate change could make fire-induced storms more common, particularly as global warming drives more intense wildfires.

Data released on Tuesday showed the fires were beginning to have an effect on the economy. "Graham added, "[Koalas] really have no capacity to move fast enough to get away [from the fast-moving flames]". The first tore apart the Blue Mountains, a popular tourist area, burning more than 64,000 hectares (158,147 acres) of land.

"It's not something we have experienced before", New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

Donations to the the World Wildlife Fund will go towards supporting the injured animals impacted by the fires, particularly the koalas.

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So far, the wildfires have killed 25 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland.

"It is fair to say it was disappointing and some surprise to hear about these things through public announcements in the middle of what was one of our worst days this season with the second-highest number of concurrent emergency warning fires ever in the history of New South Wales", he said.

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Firefighters are taking advantage of cooler weather to quell southeastern Australia's wildfires that have killed at least 24 people and prompted stirring messages from stars at the Golden Globes.

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