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2 firefighters injured in Australian bushfires

2009-02-15 03:52:08 GMT2009-02-15 11:52:08 (Beijing Time)  

MELBOURNE, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Two firefighters were injured while battling bushfires in Victoria, according to Australian authority on Sunday.

The injured firemen were from New South Wales Rural Fire Service. They got hurt when a tree fell on them while fighting fires in Coopers Creek late on Saturday night.

A spokeswoman for the Country Fire Authority said that the two men suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Twelve fires are still burning throughout the state. Saturday night firefighters carried out 600 hectares of fuel reduction at Kinglake, 60 km north of Melbourne.

Sixty specialist firefighters from the United States will arrive in Melbourne on Sunday, adding to the 520 interstate firefighters and 120 specialist New Zealand firefighters already in Victoria.

As of Saturday night the death toll stood at 181 with more than1,800 houses destroyed and 395,000 hectares of land burnt.

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