Australia bushfires: firefighters injured amid push to contain blazes

An off-duty volunteer firefighter in New South Wales was seriously injured protecting his own property and another four also injured Australian firefighters are preparing to use one week of calmer conditions to contain the most volatile parts of bushfires that are threatening private property and destroying large swathes of national parks in eastern Victoria and southern New South Wales. The state of disaster in Victoria lifted at midnight on Saturday morning after firefighters managed to slow the progress of a 60,000ha fire that threatened the Alpine townships of Bright and Harrietville in north-east Victoria on Friday night. Visitors were encouraged to return to Kangaroo Island about 10km south of Bright and Harrietville, in upper Buckland Valley near the Demon Ridge …