Lightning strikes blamed for hunter valley fire, say volunteers
At least 25 people died in a wildfire in the Western Australian Outback this morning after a lightning strike, the Department of Agriculture says.
The fire broke out between 3:00am and 2:30pm after a lightning strike in the bushland between South and North Brisbane.
The blaze forced nearly 700 people from their homes, as rescue and evacuation teams combed the area to search for survivors.
The state Rural Fire Services said the blaze spread out west-northwest of Brisbane as a result of a lightning strike near Wimmerraven in a remote area between Mount Seymour and the town of Yurraha.
The National Environment Agency said conditions in the wild are improving this morning with rain in place but still no sign of the fire.
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