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Australian fires turn deadly as heatwave scorches

Published on Jan 17, 2014 12:02 PM
 
This handout photo taken on Jan12, 2014 and supplied by Australia's Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) shows firefighters working to contain wildfires a suburb east of Perth in the state of Western Australia. One person has died in a massive bushfire raging in southeastern Australia as firefighters around the country battled blazes amid a scorching heatwave. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - One person has died in a massive bushfire raging in southeastern Australia, police said on Friday, as firefighters around the country battled blazes amid a scorching heatwave.

Police said the body was found at the Grampians National Park town of Roses Gap in the west of Victoria state, where the capital Melbourne has sweltered in searing temperatures this week.

"The death is being treated as occurring as a result of the fires," Victoria Police said, as officials warned that conditions were set to worsen later Friday.

The Northern Grampians fire, which is burning out of control over about 21,000 hectares and has prompted people to evacuate the area, is one of dozens burning in Victoria, neighbouring South Australia and New South Wales.

 
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