Arson fires in Australia

Daniel B. Wheeler dwheeler at
Tue Jan 1 12:40:30 EST 2002

>From The Oregonian, Dec. 31, 2001, p A7

Arsonists set more brush ablaze as fires rage near Sidney, Australia

By EMMA TINKLER, The Associated Press
	SYDNEY, Australia - Arsonists set more brush fires Sunday south of
Australia's largest city, fueling a haze of gray smoke that diverted
jets from the airport, obscured landmarks and triggered alarms in
malls and buildings.
	Lower-than-predicted temperatures helped firefighters contain
hundreds of brush fires raging for a week across Australia's most
populous state, but officials refused to say the crisis was over.
	They warned that the fires could flare again because forests remain
tinder dry and meteorologists still predict the return of dangerously
hot weather.
	For more than a week, about 100 fires - almost half of them
deliberately lighted - have destroyed 150 homes and razed hundreds of
thousands of acres of forest and farmland. No deaths have been
reported, but more than 4,400 people have been evacuated.

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