Australia is burning up. The country is in the grip of a record heatwave, which has made conditions ripe for wildfires.
More than 150 fires continue to sweep across southeastern Australia, and in the island state of Tasmania. Around 1.2 million acres have been burned over the past week, according to the AFP.
Five buildings at the country’s biggest optical space observatory also suffered damage on Monday, Reuters reports. Scientists said the observatory’s 10 operating telescopes, including one of the world’s top telescopes for mapping the Milky Way galaxy, were not part of the wreckage.
Take a look at some of damage caused by the devastating wildfires below.
Photo: AP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Ryan Perry