Enormous ‘Mega-Fire’ In Australia Engulfs 1.5 Million Acres

A New South Wales Rural Fire Service Large Air Tanker (LAT) drops fire retardant on the Morton Fire burning in bushland close to homes at Penrose, south of Sydney,  Australia, on Friday.

Two fires have merged into a single blaze more than three times as big as California’s largest-ever known fire. A quarter of a million people have been urged to evacuate towns south of Sydney.

(Image credit: Stringer ./Reuters)