CANBERRA, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Australian Environment Minister Melissa Price said on Tuesday there is "no doubt" that climate change is a factor in the devastating bushfires in Victoria.
Victorians in the state's east returned to their properties on Monday to assess the damage done to their properties, with many finding their homes and farms completely destroyed.
The town of Tonimbuk is home to 208 people on the border of the Bunyip State Park where fires were the most ferocious.
Addressing the fires, Price said Australians across the nation had suffered through its hottest summer in recorded history.
"There's no doubt that there are many people who have suffered over this summer. We talk about the Victorian bushfires; (in) my home state of Western Australia we've also got fires there," she told Sky News Australia on Tuesday morning.
"There's no doubt that climate change is having an impact on us. There's no denying that."