Australia has endured another summer of searing temperatures, with more than 150 weather records broken, a new report shows.
A fire burning in a mine near the Victorian town of Morwell that has blanketed local residents in smoke has been declared controlled.
Sydney (AFP) - Australia has endured another "angry summer" with more than 150 temperature records smashed, a new report said Monday, with a warning that heatwaves and sweltering conditions will only get worse.
The Climate Council's latest 'Angry Summer' report has painted a picture of a severely sunburnt country, with more than 150 weather records broken across Australia during the recent summer.
A large grass fire that has burnt near a hospital at Kew in Melbourne's east is being treated as suspicious and police are investigating.
Victorian businesses, farmers and non-profit agencies in the township of Morwell where a coal mine is on fire can apply for new concessional loans.
An out of control bushfire is threatening lives and homes in the Pinjarra region of Western Australia.
A group of primary school children in Sydney's west have dug into their own pockets to help Blue Mountains students who lost their homes in last year's bushfires.
Victoria's fire chief says the water being used to fight a coal mine fire is OK but testing will be revisited, amid union concerns it is toxic.
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay says counter-terrorism plans must be revisited as investigators hunt a coal mine arsonist.
Firefighters will face the hurdle of high winds on Saturday as they try to contain a coal mine fire in the Victorian township of Morwell.