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Tuesday, March 05, 2019, 14:28
Authorities warn wildfires threaten Australian towns
By Associated Press
Tuesday, March 05, 2019, 14:28 By Associated Press

Smoke and ash from wildfires burning across the state of New South Wales blankets a cruise ship in Sydney Harbour on Oct 17, 2013. (GREG WOOD / AFP)

MELBOURNE, Australia — More homes were being threatened Tuesday by wildfires that have burnt dozens of homes and buildings in rural southeast Australia.

Since Friday last week, 38 fires have razed more than 150 square miles of forest and farm land across the state, destroying nine homes

Victoria state Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said emergency warnings were issued for the towns of Dargo and Licola east of the capital Melbourneas flames approached homes.
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Since Friday last week, 38 fires have razed more than 150 square miles of forest and farm land across the state, destroying nine homes, damaging another house and damaging or destroying 23 outbuildings. The Jinks Creek Winery was among the buildings destroyed. 

"We have literally got hundreds and hundreds of firefighters working on the ground, doing their absolute best to keep our communities safe," Crisp told reporters. The fires were also being fought from the air with 75 airplanes and helicopters dumping water.

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Wildfires are common across sub-tropical Australian during the southern summer which ended last week.

Victoria often has some of the nation's most dangerous wildfires. A month ago, Victorians marked the 10th anniversary of the Black Saturday, a day of catastrophic wildfires that killed 173 people and razed more than 2,000 homes on Feb 7, 2009.


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