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Dozens of Fires Blaze Across Southern Australia

January 15, 2014

By Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press

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CANBERRA, Australia - Dozens of wildfires sparked by lightning strikes are raging in heat wave conditions across rural southern Australia.

An official says a woman sustained burns to her hands on Tuesday while trying to save her home at Rockleigh in South Australia state.

In neighboring Victoria state, 10 firefighters received medical treatment for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters were able to contain most of the fires in South Australia and Victoria on Wednesday. But authorities warned of worsening fire conditions on Friday, when winds were expected to gather pace.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story Image: In this image released by Australia's Department of Fire and Emergency Services, a wildfire burn trees and bushland along a roadside in Perth Hills in western Australia. (AP Photo/Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Evan Collis)

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