Australian firefighters raced to control a series of blazes on Thursday before a forecast rise in temperatures brings the risk of more infernos, as dramatic accounts of survival emerged.
Paddocks and a hillside blackened by recent bushfires are seen near Bookham, a small village in Yass Shire west of Canberra, on January 10, 2013. Fires have been raging across Australia for nearly a week.
Fires have been raging across southeast Australia for nearly a week. While many have been contained, 120 are still burning and at least 17 remain out of control in the country's most populous state, New South Wales.
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