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Australian Wildfires Rage: 2 Dozen Homes Destroyed, 30 People Injured

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 08:27 AM

An Australian wildfire has destroyed or badly damaged more than two dozen homes and injured nearly 30 people as the blaze continues to rage, officials told The Associated Press 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.

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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