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2006-01-23 21:20:22

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Firefighters in three Australian states raced on Tuesday to control ferocious bushfires that have left three people dead, destroyed homes and killed tens of thousands of livestock before expected hot windy weather returns. Cooler conditions overnight allowed emergency services to make some headway in their battle against the blazes, but several massive bushfires in Victoria, Western Australia and the island state of Tasmania were still burning out of control....

2006-01-02 00:21:04

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cooler weather and light rain across southeastern Australia on Monday helped contain scores of bushfires that destroyed 15 homes and vast areas of farmland over the weekend. Firefighters said 27 bushfires continued to burn across the most populous state of New South Wales on Monday, and could take up to four days to fully control, although there was no immediate threat to homes. Up to 50 fires flared across the state at the weekend, fueled by strong winds and...

2006-01-01 03:53:14

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Raging bushfires destroyed several homes and threatened others north of Sydney on Sunday as scorching temperatures and hot, dry winds fanned fires across southeastern Australia. Temperatures reached up to 44 degrees Celsius (111 F) in some areas, and firefighters were battling scores of blazes, although authorities said cooler weather and rain were bringing relief to South Australia and parts of Victoria. In New South Wales, Australia's most populous state,...

2005-12-31 02:48:05

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Firefighters throughout southeastern Australia were on high alert on Saturday, battling a series of minor blazes amid soaring temperatures and high winds that threatened potentially dangerous bushfires. Two fires, in rural Victoria and South Australia states, posed a danger to local communities, authorities said, while other small blazes in Victoria and Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, were mainly under control. Gusting hot winds took the...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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