Man killed as wildfires rage across Australia

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 2:04 AM

SYDNEY (AP) — Wildfires raging across southern Australia have killed one man and destroyed several homes.

Police say the body of a man was found Friday in a burned-out car near the small town of Seaton, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of Melbourne in Victoria state.

The man was the first person confirmed killed in the hundreds of fires that have been raging across the continent since the Australian summer began

A 61-year-old firefighter also was found dead on Sunday a few kilometers (miles) from a backburning operation in the island state of Tasmania. Officials have not yet determined how he died.

Wildfires are common throughout Australia in the summer, although record-high temperatures and dry conditions in many areas have added to the ferocity of some of the blazes.

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