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New blazes in Australia but worst fears ease

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Firefighters in Australia battled hot, dry winds and soaring temperatures Wednesday as new blazes were whipped up in a week-long bushfire emergency, but fears of a catastrophe eased. 

Volunteer firefighters look out over the escarpment from the Mt York fire area near Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains, roughly 150 kms west of Sydney, on October 23, 2013

With the crisis in its seventh day, some 71 fires were raging across an area with a perimeter of 1,600 kilometres (992 miles) in New South Wales state and 29 of them were uncontained.

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