Residents of the Australian capital Canberra were evacuated on Wednesday after a bushfire broke out.

The fire erupted near the airport as blistering temperatures returned to the area following a few days of respite.

According to Reuters, the number of out-of-control blazes has surged in the southeast.

Authorities are closing roads and telling people to evacuate from suburbs east of Canberra.

Canberra has recently experienced air quality rated among the worst in the world under thick clouds of smoke.

Since September, hundreds of wildfires in Australia have killed 29 people and an estimated 1 billion native animals.

A total area of bushland larger than the size of Austria has been destroyed.

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