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Australian wildfire razes 26 homes, 29 people seek treatment

Since the fire started on Friday, 29 people had been injured or hospitalized with conditions such a severe asthma, he said.

By: Associated Press | Australia |
January 5, 2015 3:50:32 pm
In this Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, heavy smoke billow in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. A dozen homes have been destroyed by the fire in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, with another 20 also feared lost, state Premier Jay Weatherill said. Cooler conditions on Sunday, Jan. 4 were helping hundreds of firefighters working to contain a massive wildfire that had forced thousands of people to flee their homes in southern Australia. (Source: AP) In this Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, heavy smoke billow in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. A dozen homes have been destroyed by the fire in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, with another 20 also feared lost, state Premier Jay Weatherill said. Cooler conditions on Sunday, Jan. 4 were helping hundreds of firefighters working to contain a massive wildfire that had forced thousands of people to flee their homes in southern Australia. (Source: AP)

More than two dozen homes have been destroyed or badly damaged and almost 30 people have sought medical treatment as a result of a massive wildfire that has raged out of control for days across farms and woodland in southern Australia, officials said Monday.

Hundreds of fire fighters have taken advantage of milder conditions in recent days to attempt to contain the fire which has razed 12,500 hectares (31,000 acres) of countryside in hills northwest of the South Australia state capital Adelaide, State Premier Jay Weatherill said.

Since the fire started on Friday, 29 people had been injured or hospitalized with conditions such a severe asthma, he said.

AUS2 A plane flies over smoke from fires burning across the Adelaide Hills, near Adelaide, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. (Source: AP)

 

The only serious injury was a farmer who suffered suspected spinal injuries protecting his property, Network Ten television news reported.

Recovery teams had found 26 houses destroyed or badly damaged as well as more than more 40 scorched barns and sheds, Weatherill said.

The Country Fire Service said in a statement the fire had not grown significantly Monday, but added conditions were forecast to worsen with higher temperatures and stronger winds later in the week.

Hot and windy conditions that had fanned the flames on Friday and Saturday, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their homes, have eased since Sunday when officials lowered the fire’s danger rating from the highest level.

Destructive wildfires are common across much of Australia during the summer months. In 2009, wildfires killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes in Victoria state.

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