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Australia fires flare as military blamed for blaze, pilot killed

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A water-bombing aircraft tackling newly flaring wildfires in Australia crashed on Thursday, killing the pilot, as the military apologised for starting a huge blaze that has left residents living in fear. 

A helicopter drops water to douse a fire approaching houses in the Faulconbridge area of the Blue Mountains on October 24, 2013

Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos for eight days across the state of New South Wales that have destroyed more than 200 homes, with the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney the focal point.

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