Australia’s Perth battles bushfire amid coronavirus lockdown

Australia’s Perth battles bushfire amid coronavirus lockdown
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A fire driven by strong winds burns on a ridge in the suburb of Brigadoon in Perth on February 2, 2021, forcing emergency evacuations just days after the west coast city entered a coronavirus lockdown. Photo by Trevor Collens / AFP

PERTH — A wildfire on the fringes of Australia’s fourth-largest city Perth has destroyed several homes and forced emergency evacuations, authorities said Tuesday, just days after the west coast city entered a coronavirus lockdown.

Firefighters are battling the out-of-control bushfire on the city’s eastern fringes, where several properties are ablaze and several fields have been blackened.

Smoke from the fires sent ash falling in the Perth city centre, around 30 kilometers (18 miles)…



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