This handout photo taken on January 7, 2016 and released by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) shows firemen tackling a bushfire burning near Waroona. AFP PHOTO / Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
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Two people have died and more than a hundred homes have been destroyed in a huge bushfire, Australian authorities said Sunday, as firefighters battled to tame the out-of-control blaze.The inferno -- which has razed about 71,000 hectares (175,000 acres) in Western Australia state -- is the most recent in a series of bushfires that have kicked off a hot summer season, with the latest deaths lifting the national toll to eight. The two bodies were found in burnt-out houses in Yarloop, a historic mill town some 110 kilometers (70 miles) south of Perth that has been devastated by the bushfire -- one of the worst to hit the region in recent years. Australia's worst firestorm in recent years devastated parts of the southern state of Victoria in 2009, destroying thousands of homes and killing 173 people.
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