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Australian wildfires threaten farms, towns

Breaking Earth News: Wildfires

Australia
Dec 19, 2006
In Victoria and Tasmania, the time for looking back and thinking about the fires is still a long way off as the danger is too immediate for that.
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News Story Follows: Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Thousands of firefighters rushed to contain more than a dozen wildfires burning across southern Australia on Friday amid fears that high temperatures and gusty winds forecast this weekend could further stoke the blazes, threatening farms and towns.
Officials have warned residents in Victoria state's northeast to stay alert should the fires spread and merge, possibly creating a super blaze covering more than 1.4 million acres.

Photo above released by NASA shows smoke from fires burning in south eastern Australia, Friday, Dec 08, 2006 (AP Photo/NASA Satellite)

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