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Two killed as wildfires burn near Adelaide

Published 25/11/2015 | 13:09

Firefighters use a bulldozer to try and stop a wildfire burning near the town of Esperance, in the south-west of the state of Western Australia. Reuters/Jason Ramm
Firefighters use a bulldozer to try and stop a wildfire burning near the town of Esperance, in the south-west of the state of Western Australia. Reuters/Jason Ramm
A wildfire burns near the town of Esperance, in the south-west of the state of Western Australia, in this picture taken November 15, 2015. Reuters/Jason Ramm

At least two people have been killed and several injured by huge wildfires which have destroyed homes near the Australian city of Adelaide and continue to burn out of control, officials said.

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South Australia state premier Jay Weatherill said two bodies had been recovered and a report remains unconfirmed of a third person killed when a car hit a tree in the area.

He said firefighters were among those injured by the blaze that has scorched 85,000 hectares of farm and woodland and threatens several towns near Adelaide, the state's capital and largest city.

Country Fire Service chief officer Greg Nettleton said the blaze remains uncontrolled with more than 300 firefighters at the 40-kilometre fire front.

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