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As Australia bushfires rage, govt report warns of more heatwaves

Published on Jan 12, 2013 10:31 AM
 
A bushfire burns out of control in the Kiewa Valley towards the town of Dederang in the Victoria Alps on February 10, 2009. Firefighters were battling scores of wildfires raging in Australia on Saturday, as a government commission warned that climate change had raised the risk of scorching heatwaves becoming more frequent. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Firefighters were battling scores of wildfires raging in Australia on Saturday, as a government commission warned that climate change had raised the risk of scorching heatwaves becoming more frequent.

In the eastern state of New South Wales, some 1,000 firefighters were attempting to douse 95 wildfires, 12 of them burning uncontained, while fires were also burning in neighbouring Victoria and Queensland states.

And in the southern island state of Tasmania, known for its cooler temperatures, residents were returning to the burnt-out homes they fled a week ago when flames raced through villages on the Tasman peninsula.

No deaths have been reported from the bushfires, which have flared during extreme summer temperatures, but the unprecedented heatwave has prompted the government's Climate Commission to issue a new report on the weather event.

 
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