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Australia prepares for worst of wildfires
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Wildfires that grew out of control last week now stretch nearly 1,000 miles long in Australia's most populated state.

"We've got three major fires, one already in a built up area and two more that are potentially going to impact very heavily built up areas," said Rob Rogers, deputy commissioner of New South Wales' fire service.

"If our strategies don't work and weather materializes tomorrow that is forecast ... it could be absolutely devastating," Rogers told CNN.

A state of emergency was declared in New South Wales, as high temperatures and strong winds exacerbated the situation. More than 200 homes have already been destroyed.

This year is on track to becoming the hottest on record in Australia's history, according to the country's Bureau of Meteorology.

Last month was also the hottest September ever recorded in the country, the non-profit think tank Climate Council said.

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Amy Hubbard (L) and her partner Adam Ilhan (R) stand in front of the burnt out ruins of her parents' home which was destroyed by bushfires in Winmalee in Sydney's Blue Mountains on October 18, 2013.

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A burnt out house sits amongst blackened trees in Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains on October 21, 2013

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Leanne Brown inspects the remains of her home following severe bush fires on October 18, 2013 in Winmalee, Australia.

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A dog walks in the backyard of a home destroyed by bushfire as seen on October 21, 2013 in Winmalee, Australia.

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Lyndon Dunlop stands by his father as they inspect the damage to his grandparent's home of 41 years destroyed by bushfire on October 21, 2013 in Winmalee, Australia.

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Crews have been battling fires that flared in high winds and searing heat across the state of New South Wales last week with more than 200 homes so far destroyed and many others damaged.

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A firefighter hoses a tree as they work to contain fires from a resident's backyard at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on October 22, 2013.

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Firefighters work to contain fires from a resident's backyard at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on October 22, 2013.

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A firefighter hoses down the flames at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on October 22, 2013.

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Jennifer Schweinsberg walks with her son David in the backyard of her burnt house at Winmalee in the Blue Mountains on October 22, 2013.

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