More than 90 wildfires blaze in Australian state

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Associated Press

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 4:00 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 90 wildfires are burning over Australia's New South Wales state, but the danger has ebbed in neighboring Victoria and South Australia states.

State Country Fire Service spokesman Matt Sun said many of the 93 fires burning across New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, on Sunday were sparked by overnight lightning strikes.

Sun says at least three houses have been destroyed near the village of Minimbah, west of Sydney.

Heat wave conditions across southeast Australia last week intensified wildfires that destroyed at least 25 houses in Victoria and South Australia over several days.

Victoria Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said Australia's second most populous state had coped reasonably well with a fire emergency that scorched 130,000 hectares (320,000 acres) of grass and woodlands.

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