Deadly wildfires in Australia brought under control
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.