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History of fatal bushfires in Australia

2009-02-08 07:18:12 GMT2009-02-08 15:18:12 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CANBERRA, Feb. 8. (Xinhua) -- Following is a history of fatal bushfires in Australia since 1967.

Feb. 8, 2009 -- Fifty people were killed and fears of more fatalities in bushfires across rural Victoria.

Dec. 30, 2007 -- Blaze killed three truckers on a highway near Coolgardie in Western Australia.

Jan. 2006 -- Three died and multi-million-dollar stock and property lost in 10 days of bushfires in Victoria.

Jan. 11, 2005 -- Nine lives lost in South Australian Eyre Peninsula bushfires.

Jan. 18, 2003 -- Four people died and almost 500 homes were razed in a massive firestorm in Canberra.

Dec. 2002 -- Two men died and more than 20 homes were destroyed in bushfires in New South Wales.

Dec. 2, 1998 -- Bushfire claimed five firefighters' lives at Linton in Victoria.

Dec. 2, 1997 -- Two died in bushfires at Lithgow in NSW.

Jan. 21, 1997 -- Three people died and 33 homes were destroyed in bushfires that ravaged the Dandenong Ranges on Melbourne's eastern outskirts.

Jan. 1994 -- Four died, 200 properties lost and several hundred people were injured during bushfires in NSW.

Feb. 16, 1983 -- Ash Wednesday bushfires in Victoria and South Australia claimed 76 peoples' lives.

Jan. 8, 1969 -- 23 people died in grassfires in Victoria.

Feb. 7, 1967 -- Bushfires killed 59 people in southern Tasmania.

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