What led to the Australian wildfires?

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Australia WildfiresIn this Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, aerial photo, wildfires rage under plumes of smoke in Bairnsdale, Australia. Thousands of tourists fled Australia’s wildfire-ravaged eastern coast Thursday ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on the shore further south. (Glen Morey via AP)

Australia is facing the worst bushfires in decades. Since fire season began last September, large parts of the country have been devastated.

New South Wales, the country’s most populous state has issued a seven-day state of emergency.

The state has been hit the hardest by the deadly bushfires.

The fires are responsible for 17 deaths and has destroyed thousands of homes. Strong winds, record-setting heatwaves, and a major drought are only adding fuel to the fire.

CGTN spoke with Sweta Chakraborty, Risk and Behavioral Scientist about why the fires are so bad this year and what the government should do.