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Australian authorities fear worsening wildfires

October 20, 2013
Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Firefighters battling some of the most destructive wildfires to ever strike Australia's most populous state were focusing on a major blaze near the town of Lithgow that stretched along a 300-kilometer (190-mile) front.

Authorities warned Sunday that high temperatures and winds were likely to maintain heightened fire danger for days.

The fires have killed one man, destroyed a total of 208 homes in New South Wales state and damaged another 122 since Thursday, the Rural Fire Service said.



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