Thousands of livestock lost in Australia fires

2013-01-11 01:23:15 GMT2013-01-11 09:23:15(Beijing Time)  SINA.com
Tens of thousands of sheep have been killed in the raging bushfire in in New South Wales, Australia.(Photo/Agencies)Tens of thousands of sheep have been killed in the raging bushfire in in New South Wales, Australia.(Photo/Agencies)
Tens of thousands of sheep have been killed in the raging bushfire in in New South Wales, Australia.(Photo/Agencies)Tens of thousands of sheep have been killed in the raging bushfire in in New South Wales, Australia.(Photo/Agencies)
Of the 141 fires, 28 are still uncontained.Of the 141 fires, 28 are still uncontained.

Up to 10,000 livestock, sheep and cattle have been killed in fires in New South Wales, Australia.

Cooler conditions have helped firefighters contain a number of blazes in the state’s south, on the South Caost near Sussex Inlet, at Cooma, and west of Yass.

The NSW Minister for Agriculture Katrina Hodgkinson’s family farm has been affected by fires, which burnt 17,000 hectares..

“It’s been a dreadful night, I’ve got to say we’ve been up all night, we know that we’ve lost thousands of head of sheep.

And of course this is one of our most beautiful primary producing areas, and a lot of stud breeders live in this particular area, so that is an absolute tragedy.”

Two-thousand firefighters are continuing to battle blazes across New South Wales this morning although weather conditions have eased.

While it has cooled in the south, authorities are concerned about areas in the north where fire conditions are extreme.

Of the 141 fires, 28 are still uncontained.

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