Firefighters are fighting against 25 forest and grass fires in the state of Victoria in Australia. Record high temperatures contribute to the flames spreading.
More than 2,000 firefighters take part in the extinguishing work Sunday, writes Reuters news agency . Airplanes are used to pour water over the flames, as well as volunteers on the ground.
A heat wave has increased the fire hazard in the southern part of Australia, where the beginning of March is the hottest since the measurements began. Areas southeast of the state of Victoria are the hardest hit.
The Mars heat comes in the wake of the hottest summer ever recorded in Australia. The summer in the southern hemisphere lasts from December to February.