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After months of continuous burns, Australia's bushfire crisis took a turn for the worse over the holiday season as hot, dry conditions, strong winds and persistent drought fueled the flames of hundreds of fires throughout the continent.

As of January 6, insurers have received 6,000 bushfire-related claims since September, valued to cost nearly $300 million USD ($431 million AUD).

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Danielle Ling

Danielle Ling is an experienced video journalist and business reporter. As associate editor, Danielle manages all multimedia and reports on industry news and risk-related coverage, managing all weather-related content. A University of Maryland and Philip Merrill College of Journalism alum, Danielle previously served as a video journalist for Verizon FiOS 1 News NJ, Push Pause. Connect with Danielle on LinkedIn or email her at [email protected].