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Parts of Australian capital evacuated due to bushfires
Parts of Australia's capital, Canberra, were reportedly briefly evacuated Wednesday due to the bushfires that have been devastating the country.
The suburbs near Canberra Airport were evacuated late Wednesday after a bushfire burned nearby, Reuters reported.
The fire was reported as "watch and act" around 4:50 p.m. local time; residents were warned to activate bushfire survival plans, and nearby roads were closed, according to The Canberra Times.
The fire was upgraded to an "emergency" level at 5:20 p.m. after crossing the Molonglo River and nearby residents were warned to leave immediately, according to the newspaper. It was reportedly later downgraded to "advice" level at 7:15 p.m. after it was brought under control.
There were no reports of damage or injuries, according to Reuters.
The wildfires across Australia have reportedly killed 29 people and about 1 billion animals, as well as burning 2,500 homes since September.