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Raging Australian wildfires destroy homes, kill 1

A firefighter mops up after a firestorm swept through a property in Bilpin, 75 kilometers (47 miles) from Sydney Oct. 23. Scores of Australians evacuated their homes in mountains west of Sydney on Wednesday as intensifying winds fanned wildfires and grounded the helicopters that were fighting them.

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A firefighter mops up after a firestorm swept through a property in Bilpin, 75 kilometers (47 miles) from Sydney Oct. 23. Scores of Australians evacuated their homes in mountains west of Sydney on Wednesday as intensifying winds fanned wildfires and grounded the helicopters that were fighting them.



SYDNEY— Nearly 100 wildfires raged across Australia’s most populous state on Friday, killing one person, destroying dozens of houses and forcing hundreds of evacuations as the nation’s annual fire season got off to an unusually early start...

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