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Australians Flee Bushfires, Lose Homes to Flames on Christmas Day

Fire crews battled into the night on Friday after raging bushfires reduced homes to ashes in a famous Australian beauty spot on Christmas Day, sending residents fleeing for their lives to the sound of blaring sirens. Water bombing aircraft made a minimal impact on the fires, which set entire trees and hillsides alight in communities along the Great Ocean Road, officials said. Evacuation sirens sounded in towns along the road, a major tourist attraction southwest of Melbourne, as the...

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