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Australian community destroyed by bushfire

It's expected to get above 40degC in parts of New South Wales this weekend and people are warned to stay out of the It's expected to get above 40degC in parts of New South Wales this weekend and people are warned to stay out of the
Felício Luz | 16 Fevereiro, 2017, 00:12

More than 2,500 firefighters battled almost 100 fires as temperatures climbed to 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of the state.

While bushfires are common in Australia's arid summer, climate change has pushed up land and sea temperatures and led to more extremely hot days and severe fire seasons.

Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said "most buildings" in Uarbry, in the centre of the state, had either been destroyed or damaged.

A local resident told Star Radio that nine of the 12 homes in the community were affected.

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Across the state at least 30 houses have been destroyed and some rural areas have been evacuated.

The bushfire in Uarbry, called Sir Ivan, is being fanned by strong winds as temperatures reached 47C (116F) in several areas. The bushfire was described as so "extraordinarily destructive" as it could create its own thunderstorm with lightning.

Fitzsimmons said they are aware that there is going to be homes lost. Two firefighters lost their homes while fighting blazes at other people's residences.

An out-of-control grass fire has come within metres of a home at Georges Plains on Friday afternoon.

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"We are talking about the highest order of risk when it comes to fire danger ratings".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised the work of emergency workers, many of whom are volunteers.

As more than 80 fires continue to ravage the state, three men, aged 13, 32 and 40, have been arrested for allegedly lighting fires during New South Wales' scorching heatwave on Saturday, February 11.

Temperatures are expected to begin rising again later in the week.

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"Black Saturday", the worst firestorm in recent years, devastated the southern state of Victoria in 2009, razing thousands of homes and killing 173 people.

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