Destruction toll rises from Australian wildfires

October 18, 2013 • World News

In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, smoke rises from a fire near Lithgow, west of Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Nearly a hundred wildfires are burning across Australia’s New South Wales state, more than a dozen of which are out of control, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fanned flames across the parched landscape. (AP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service)

SYDNEY (AP) — The destruction toll continued to rise on Saturday from some of the most costly wildfires to ever strike Australia’s most populous state as fire fighters prepared for worsening conditions.

In the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, one of the worst hit regions in fire-ravaged New South Wales state, 193 homes have been destroyed and another 109 damaged by the fire storm that Login to read more

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