Wildfires rage out of control in Australia, prompting evacuations and rescues

Tens of thousands of residents have been driven from their homes as part of that country’s largest evacuations ever.
2:45 | 01/04/20

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Transcript for Wildfires rage out of control in Australia, prompting evacuations and rescues
We're going to go to now the raging wildfire catastrophe in Australia. The kind of emergency that scientists say is made much more likely and more damaging by climate change. Tens of thousands of people driven from their homes and ABC's Maggie Rulli is right there on the ground. Maggie, good morning. Reporter: Guys, conditions here just keep getting worse. We are seeing high wind, soaring temperatures, flames like this popping up. You can feel that heat and wind funneling this fire up the highway. These are the types of conditions concerning firefighters, now these flames are on either side of this major highway and now telling residents if you haven't evacuated now is the time to shelter in place. This morning, flames raging across Australia in one of the worst days of wildfires this country has ever seen. Temperatures well over 100 degrees and high winds whipping dangerous flames. The fires quickly getting out of control. We just got told to leave the area as the flames are coming down this road. Police have been telling us to get out right now. More than 140,000 residents told to evacuate. Some who decided to stay behind fleeing to the beach. It's a bit scary. Yeah, yeah. Reporter: Conditions worse than anything the town has been through before. Never seen anything like this before. Reporter: Firefighters facing a relentless battle. Skies thick with smoke and glaring Orange. The monstrous flames sweeping the southeastern coast of the continent engulfing an area larger than more than 50 new York citys. Australian prime minister Scott Morrison announcing employment of reservists to help with the crisis. It includes the deployment of 3,000 forces. The priority of this deployment is to assist in the security of life. Reporter: The United States sending help from foresters in the department of the interior. The vast destruction devastating Australia's delicate ecosystem. An Instagram post from bindi Irwin, daughter of Steve Irwin said my heart breaks for the people and wildlife who have lost so much. Our wildlife hospital is busier than ever having officially treated over 90,000 patients. And, guys, conditions are only getting worse. Even since we've been standing here, the flames have already ripped up this highway. Firefighters are warning everyone to hang in there for a long night, guys. Maggie Rulli there in Australia. Amazing what she said. Engulfing an area the size of 50 New York citys. Just to put that in perspective is incredible. These fires have been going on for four months. Since then the driest record on spring for Australia and in the past week their average country temperature is 105 degrees Thanks, rob.

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