Wildfires

In photos: Catastrophic wildfires ravage eastern Australia

A CFA Member works on controlled back burns along Putty Road. Crews are working hard to gain the upper hand after devastating fires tore through areas near Colo Heights.
A CFA Member works on controlled back-burns along a major road north of Sydney. Photo: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

Australia's catastrophic wildfires have killed a fourth person, as firefighters battled more than 120 fires in the eastern states of New South Wales and Queensland on Thursday, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: Thousands of people have fled the fires, which are raging amid dry, windy conditions in eastern Australia The states of New South Wales and Queensland have declared states of emergency. Now, authorities in Western Australia are warning of "extremely dangerous conditions," per the BBC.

California wildfires: What you need to know

 A firefighter controls a hotspot of the Maria Fire, in Santa Paula, Ventura County, California
A firefighter controls a hotspot of the Maria Fire in Ventura County, Calif., on Saturday. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

California firefighters are winning the fight against a series of wildfires in the state, with official figures showing most blazes at least 75% contained and several others fully contained or extinguished by Tuesday night. But authorities warn the fire danger isn't over yet.

What's new: A new report warns the fire season could continue through December. Firefighters were dealing with a new fire in a remote area of Lake County, near Clearlake. CalFire said the blaze, named the Eagle Fire, had burned 75 acres and was 56% contained by Tuesday evening.