Publication Date January 8, 2016 | TIME

A Raging Wildfire in Western Australia Has Destroyed an Entire Town


The remote Australian town of Yarloop, population 600, is the latest casualty of a string of wildfires that have razed parts of the country in recent months.

Some 95 homes were lost in the town, located about 120 km from the Western Australian capital of Perth, after wildfires swept through it Thursday night after burning through more than 31,000 hectares earlier in the week.

Dry and hot conditions across Australia make rampaging wildfires — known locally as bushfires — a seasonal hazard. More than a hundred homes were destroyed in a fire on Christmas Day in the southeastern state of