Australian fires turn deadly as heatwave scorches
MELBOURNE (AFP) - One person has died in a massive bushfire raging in southeastern Australia, police said on Friday, as firefighters around the country battled blazes amid a scorching heatwave.
Police said the body was found at the Grampians National Park town of Roses Gap in the west of Victoria state, where the capital Melbourne has sweltered in searing temperatures this week.
"The death is being treated as occurring as a result of the fires," Victoria Police said, as officials warned that conditions were set to worsen later Friday.
The Northern Grampians fire, which is burning out of control over about 21,000 hectares and has prompted people to evacuate the area, is one of dozens burning in Victoria, neighbouring South Australia and New South Wales.