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Firefighter dies as Australia works on long-term battle plan

Posted at 1:12 AM, Jan 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-12 01:12:44-05

BY NICK PERRY, AP — A firefighter has been killed by a falling tree while battling the Australian wildfire crisis and the prime minister says his government is adapting and building resilience to the fire danger posed by climate change.

The tragedy brings the death toll to at least 27 people in a crisis that has destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched an area larger than the U.S. state of Indiana since September.

Four of the casualties are firefighters.

The crisis has brought accusations that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s conservative government needs to take more action to counter climate change.

Morrison says his government is developing a disaster risk reduction framework dealing with wildfires, cyclones, floods and drought.