Despite pleas from Victorian police and the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to reschedule the Melbourne event to a less risky fire day, several thousand protesters huddled under umbrellas at the State Library.
"The next few hours are going to be very, very challenging".
"If you can get out, you should get out, you shouldn't be in the remote and forested parts of our State", Andrew Crisp, emergency management commissioner for the state of Victoria, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
As of midday Friday, firefighters were battling 147 fires in New South Wales alone, with one at the emergency level, the highest warning category, as a wind shift moved from south to north along the coast.
The unprecedented fire crisis in southeast Australia has claimed at least 26 lives, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched an area twice the size of the USA state of Maryland since September.
The fires, which have ravaged Australia for months, have spread quickly and overwhelmed efforts to contain them. There were about 150 fires burning across NSW, 50 of which are uncontained. "We'll be there to help defend them through the night", Mr Barnden said. "We're taking the opportunity while we can".
Despite cooler weather and rainfall providing some relief in some bushfire-affected areas this week, nearly 150 fires were still burning in worst-hit New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, the huge continent's most populated regions.
There has been increasing anger over the cause of the fires, with some Australians accusing Scott Morrison's government of failing to act on climate change and supporting coal mining that has contributed to global warming.
Another 255 USA service members are stationed in Australia, Air Force Col. Raymond Powell, a defense attaché based in Canberra, told Stars and Stripes in July.
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He then called the fight footage "sketchy". "She came to me and attacked me and I had to defend myself", Clary says in the video. Azriel was reportedly taken to hospital after the fight for further evaluation and was listed as being in good condition.
Thousands of Australians took to the streets in nine Australian cities on Friday to protest the government's inaction against climate change and the forest fire crisis.
The bushfire crisis has added pressure on Morrison's conservative government to do more to combat climate change after Australia weakened its commitment to the U.N. Paris climate accord a year ago.
The Sack ScoMo protests, organized by Uni Students for Climate Justice, were held in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne - the protest places where even the rain did little to dampen the mood of the large crowd.
However, by midday, the temperatures had reached 37C and the two fires had merged.
Morrison has repeatedly rejected criticism that his government is not doing enough.
While this man has good luck and a lotto jackpot to help him and his family on the way to recovery, there are still millions of people and animals who have suffered or been displaced from the Australian bushfires.
Prime Minister Morrison said on Friday he was considering holding a wide-ranging national inquiry into the bushfires after the immediate crisis had passed. "Whatever the pilots need, we'll be looking after them".
He did speak about the fires and climate change, saying "the links and the implications here have been acknowledged" when a reporter asked if Morrison expects fire emergencies to become more common in the future with climate change.
Australia experienced its hottest year on record last year.
Berejiklian said it's going to be a "long, hard night" as everyone could not estimate the extent of the impact of these fires until early Saturday morning. "There is no explanation for this - none - that makes sense, besides emissions of heat-trapping gases".