Raging Australian wildfires destroy homes, kill 1

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 18, 2013 at 4:25 PM

SYDNEY -- One person is dead and dozens of homes have been destroyed by some 100 wildfires raging across the Australian state of New South Wales.

Fire officials say they have made some progress battling the blazes because of milder weather. And overnight the number of fires has dropped to 89, burning over 375 square miles. But 25 wildfires continue to burn out of control.

The fires have forced hundreds of evacuations. Eighty-one homes were destroyed and another 37 have been damaged. Fire officials expect that number to rise as teams and police move deeper into the destruction zone.

Roads and schools in the worst-hit areas are closed and officials are searching the rubble for survivors and victims.

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