Climate change, other factors stoke Australia’s blaze

  • A koala drinks water from a bottle given by a firefighter in Cudlee Creek, South Australia on Dec. 22. Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia’s iconic marsupial. (Oakbank Balhannah CFS/via AP, File)

  • Wildfires rage under plumes of smoke in Bairnsdale, Australia, on Dec. 30. (Glen Morey/via AP)

  • In this image released Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Gippsland, Australia, smoke rises from wildfires burning in East Gippsland, Victoria. Thousands of tourists are fleeing Australia’s wildfire-ravaged eastern coast ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on the shore further south. Cooler weather has aided firefighting and allowed people to replenish supplies. (DELWP Gippsland via AP)

Australia’s unprecedented wildfires are supercharged thanks to climate change, the type of trees catching fire and weather, experts say.