By Lydia O'Kane
Smoke billows into the air as many parts of Australia continue to burn threatening towns and communities.
As the hot weathered returned fanning massive bushfires, Australian authorities on Thursday called for another mass evacuation across the southeast of the country.
Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said a state of disaster would be extended for the least the next 48 hours.
Warnings were also issued for South Australia and New South Wales (NSW), where fires continue to wreak havoc.
Parts of Kangaroo Island in South Australia, has seen a third of the island destroyed by the wildfires and many residents had decided to pack up their belongings and leave.
The gravity of these bushfires cannot be underestimated; twenty-seven people have been killed this fire season and scores of animals have died and thousands of Australians have been made homeless.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported only 6% of usual annual rainfall last year, while daytime temperatures were more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Weather experts predict this trend is likely to continue.
With these fires showing no signs of abating, more firefighters from the US and Canada are expected to arrive to provide support. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrision has also pledged 1.4 billion US dollar to a newly created National Bushfire Recovery Agency.