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Australian Firefighters Merge Blazes to Contain Threat

Firefighters in Australia have merged two massive wildfires in an effort to create one easier-to-control blaze ahead of dangerous weather conditions on Wednesday. Fire crews have worked night and day since last week to contain the dozens of fires burning in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state. The largest and most dangerous fire is west of Sydney, near the scenic Blue Mountains. Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the so-called "backburning ...

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