Amid growing fears surrounding the new coronavirus, the Australian bushfires have taken somewhat of a backseat in the global consciousness. It’s important to remember, however, that Australia’s natural disaster isn’t over. In fact, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is currently on extremely high alert.

On Friday, Chief Minister Andrew Barr told reporters, “The ACT is now facing the worst bushfire threat since the devastating fires of 2003. There’s now no higher priority for the ACT government at this time than the bushfire threat.”

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The ACT, located between Sydney and Melbourne, includes the capital of Canberra. A state of emergency has been called for the area, with suburban residents being urged to stay vigilant for potential calls for evacuation.

As temperatures rise to 104 degrees and strong winds are expected, the fires currently burning south of the territory may become uncontrollable.

The current fire has destroyed 458,380 acres of land, about eight percent of the ACT.