Deadly wild­fires in Aus­tralia brought un­der con­trol

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OPINION -

PERTH, Aus­tralia — Wild­fires that killed two men and de­stroyed more than 140 build­ings in south­west Aus­tralia were be­ing brought un­der con­trol, of­fi­cials said Mon­day. The blazes had scorched more than 71,150 hectares (175,800 acres) of farms and wood­land south of Perth, the Western Aus­tralia state cap­i­tal, since they were sparked by light­ning strikes last Wed­nes­day, the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices said in a state­ment. The fires had de­stroyed 143 build­ings, in­clud­ing 128 houses, it said. Most of the prop­erty dam­age oc­curred in the town­ship of Yar­loop, where two men in their 70s died on Thurs­day, Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis said. Four fire­fight­ers sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

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