"Your life is at risk." That's what the Rural Fire Service told residents in Australia's southeastern state of New South Wales, where more than 1,000 firefighters are battling 17 emergency-level bushfires. Images from the region show otherworldly orange skies as another several dozen blazes rage out of control. The RFS described the situation as reaching "uncharted territory."
What should local residents do? Officials are encouraging many to simply hunker down and seek shelter, since evacuating via fire-ravaged roads could prove even more dangerous.