Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
The word catastrophic is being used for good reason… So it is very important that people keep themselves safe, that they listen to local authorities and local warnings. This is a very dangerous day.
— Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, warning residents of New South Wales to remain alert and vigilant in the face of destructive wildfires. While Australia blazes, the Pacific Northwest continues to be soaked by rain (and in the highlands, snow).