In this file photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service smoke billows from a wildfire burning near Mudgee, Australia, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 (NSW Rural Fire Service via AP)
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Bushfires in Australia destroyed buildings and threatened lives on Saturday as a heatwave in three states brought temperatures strong enough to melt the bitumen on a highway.About 400 homes lost power and 50 fires were reported across Victoria on Saturday, although many were small and were extinguished.Total fire bans took effect from midnight as Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania braced for dangerous fire conditions caused by temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104°F).
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