An Australian navy troop carrier on Friday began evacuating some 900 people trapped in a remote region of Victoria state by advancing wildfires that have consumed an area almost the size of West Virginia.


Boats are pulled ashore as smoke and wildfires rage behind Lake Conjola, Australia, on Jan. 2. (Robert Oerlemans/AP)

A car destroyed by wildfires is seen outside Batemans Bay in New South Wales on Jan. 2. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

Vehicles leave Batemans Bay in New South Wales on Jan. 2. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service asked tourists vacationing in a 150-mile strip on the state’s south coast to leave that morning. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)


Smoke hangs over burned bushland along the Princes Highway near Ulladulla, New South Wales, on Jan. 2. (Heather McNab/AAP/Reuters)

A helicopter drops water on a fire near Batemans Bay in New South Wales on Jan. 2. Thousands of tourists were evacuating the region ahead of a predicted worsening of conditions Saturday. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)