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Bushfires blaze, Victoria swelters

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Bushfires blaze, Victoria swelters

Craig Kidd looks at the melted metal from the alloy wheels of his vehicles after a bushfire swept through his property on Feb. 9 in Bendigo, Australia. Eight bushfires burned out of control in New South Wales as firefighters struggled to tame a total of 46 outbreaks throughout the state.