Dozens fires following record temperatures in Australia

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Nine of 12 buildings in the tiny community of Uarbry had been destroyed, according to locals. The blaze had an active fire edge of about 200km (124 miles) and had burned through 50,000 hectares near Dunedoo. More than 2,500 firefighters, many of them volunteers, were battling the fires. No one was killed, but one firefighter had suffered a severe hand laceration, while another suffered serious burns to the hands, arms and face. Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant said the conditions were unprecedented. Much of the country has both a hot, dry climate, and plenty of vegetation to burn. Fortunately, Australia’s weather bureau forecast a cool change to arrive on Monday. Destructive wildfires are common across Australia during the southern hemisphere summer. In 2009, wildfires killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.

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