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<p>A body bag containing a bushfire victim lies next to a police car near the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. 

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A body bag containing a bushfire victim lies next to a police car near the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

A body bag containing a bushfire victim lies next to a police car near the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

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<p>A koala named Sam is given a drink of water by Country Fire Authority volunteer fire fighter Dave Tree after he rescued her following deadly fires that swept through the area of Mirboo North, southeast of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. Sam, a bewildered and badly burned koala, has emerged from the ashes of Australia's deadliest bushfires, a small beacon of hope after days of devastation and the loss of more than 180 lives.  


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A koala named Sam is given a drink of water by Country Fire Authority volunteer fire fighter Dave Tree after he rescued her following deadly fires that swept through the area of Mirboo North, southeast of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. Sam, a...more

A koala named Sam is given a drink of water by Country Fire Authority volunteer fire fighter Dave Tree after he rescued her following deadly fires that swept through the area of Mirboo North, southeast of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. Sam, a bewildered and badly burned koala, has emerged from the ashes of Australia's deadliest bushfires, a small beacon of hope after days of devastation and the loss of more than 180 lives. REUTERS/Mark Pardew

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<p>The remains of a house and car destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Flowerdale, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. 

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The remains of a house and car destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Flowerdale, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

The remains of a house and car destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Flowerdale, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>Forensic investigators walk next to a fire truck in the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. 

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Forensic investigators walk next to a fire truck in the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

Forensic investigators walk next to a fire truck in the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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<p>A member of a Disaster Victim Identification Team reacts while working at the site of a destroyed house in Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. 

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A member of a Disaster Victim Identification Team reacts while working at the site of a destroyed house in Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

A member of a Disaster Victim Identification Team reacts while working at the site of a destroyed house in Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

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<p>A sign damaged by fire lies on the ground near the site of a destroyed house in Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. 

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A sign damaged by fire lies on the ground near the site of a destroyed house in Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

A sign damaged by fire lies on the ground near the site of a destroyed house in Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

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<p>A car where people died during the bushfires is marked with ambulance tape in the town of West Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. 

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A car where people died during the bushfires is marked with ambulance tape in the town of West Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

A car where people died during the bushfires is marked with ambulance tape in the town of West Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>A member of a Disaster Victim Identification Team walks on the site of a destroyed house in Steels Creek,  northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. 

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A member of a Disaster Victim Identification Team walks on the site of a destroyed house in Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

A member of a Disaster Victim Identification Team walks on the site of a destroyed house in Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

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<p>The remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. 

REUTERS/Daniel Munoz </p>

The remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

The remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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<p>A member of a Disaster Victim Identification Team inspects a burnt out car at the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009.  

REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool </p>

A member of a Disaster Victim Identification Team inspects a burnt out car at the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

A member of a Disaster Victim Identification Team inspects a burnt out car at the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

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<p>A fireman climbs down from his truck as a bushfire approaches the town of Labertouche, east of Melbourne, February 7, 2009.  

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A fireman climbs down from his truck as a bushfire approaches the town of Labertouche, east of Melbourne, February 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

A fireman climbs down from his truck as a bushfire approaches the town of Labertouche, east of Melbourne, February 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>A Disaster Victim Identification Team works at the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. 

REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool </p>

A Disaster Victim Identification Team works at the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

A Disaster Victim Identification Team works at the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

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<p>Firefighters rest after extinguishing the remnants of a bushfire on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. 

REUTERS/Mick Tsikas</p>

Firefighters rest after extinguishing the remnants of a bushfire on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

Firefighters rest after extinguishing the remnants of a bushfire on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>The remains of St. Andrew's church is seen after it was destroyed by fire at the community of Kinglake, north east of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. 

REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool </p>

The remains of St. Andrew's church is seen after it was destroyed by fire at the community of Kinglake, north east of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool

The remains of St. Andrew's church is seen after it was destroyed by fire at the community of Kinglake, north east of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool

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<p>A firetruck is seen as a bushfire approaches the town of Labertouche, east of Melbourne, February 7, 2009.  

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A firetruck is seen as a bushfire approaches the town of Labertouche, east of Melbourne, February 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

A firetruck is seen as a bushfire approaches the town of Labertouche, east of Melbourne, February 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>A horse that was trapped by the raging fires lies dead at the side of the road near the community of Kinglake, north east of Melbourne, February 9, 2009.  REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool </p>

A horse that was trapped by the raging fires lies dead at the side of the road near the community of Kinglake, north east of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool

A horse that was trapped by the raging fires lies dead at the side of the road near the community of Kinglake, north east of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool

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<p>Rosaleen Dove gestures in the remains of her yard destroyed by bushfires in the town of Wandong, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. 

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Rosaleen Dove gestures in the remains of her yard destroyed by bushfires in the town of Wandong, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

Rosaleen Dove gestures in the remains of her yard destroyed by bushfires in the town of Wandong, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>A firefighter inspects the remains of a house and cars destroyed by bushfires in the town of Wandong, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. 

REUTERS/Mick Tsikas </p>

A firefighter inspects the remains of a house and cars destroyed by bushfires in the town of Wandong, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

A firefighter inspects the remains of a house and cars destroyed by bushfires in the town of Wandong, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>The remains of houses destroyed by bushfires are seen in the town of Heathcote Junction, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. 

REUTERS/Mick Tsikas </p>

The remains of houses destroyed by bushfires are seen in the town of Heathcote Junction, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

The remains of houses destroyed by bushfires are seen in the town of Heathcote Junction, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>Firemen extinguish a bushfire while a shed burns on the outskirts of Labertouche, east of Melbourne, February 7, 2009. 
REUTERS/Mick Tsikas </p>

Firemen extinguish a bushfire while a shed burns on the outskirts of Labertouche, east of Melbourne, February 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

Firemen extinguish a bushfire while a shed burns on the outskirts of Labertouche, east of Melbourne, February 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>NASA satellites image of the Australian wildfires in southeastern Australia taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) at 04:40 (GMT), February 9, 2009. 

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NASA satellites image of the Australian wildfires in southeastern Australia taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) at 04:40 (GMT), February 9, 2009. REUTERS/NASA/Handout

NASA satellites image of the Australian wildfires in southeastern Australia taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) at 04:40 (GMT), February 9, 2009. REUTERS/NASA/Handout

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<p>Firefighters arrive to extinguish a bushfire near a house on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. 

REUTERS/Mick Tsikas </p>

Firefighters arrive to extinguish a bushfire near a house on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

Firefighters arrive to extinguish a bushfire near a house on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>The remains of cars destroyed by bushfires are seen in the town of Flowerdale, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. 

REUTERS/Mick Tsikas </p>

The remains of cars destroyed by bushfires are seen in the town of Flowerdale, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

The remains of cars destroyed by bushfires are seen in the town of Flowerdale, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>Country Fire Authority member Andrew Watson carries his five-year-old daughter Elana in the fire ravaged town of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Trevor Pinder/Pool </p>

Country Fire Authority member Andrew Watson carries his five-year-old daughter Elana in the fire ravaged town of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Trevor Pinder/Pool

Country Fire Authority member Andrew Watson carries his five-year-old daughter Elana in the fire ravaged town of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Trevor Pinder/Pool

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<p>An Australian Federal policeman stands guard near the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. 

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An Australian Federal policeman stands guard near the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

An Australian Federal policeman stands guard near the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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<p>Police man a roadblock which leads to houses that were destroyed by bushfires, on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. 

REUTERS/Mick Tsikas </p>

Police man a roadblock which leads to houses that were destroyed by bushfires, on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

Police man a roadblock which leads to houses that were destroyed by bushfires, on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>The remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. 

REUTERS/Mick Tsikas </p>

The remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

The remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>Firefighters extinguish the remnants of a bushfire on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. 

REUTERS/Mick Tsikas </p>

Firefighters extinguish the remnants of a bushfire on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

Firefighters extinguish the remnants of a bushfire on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>An excavator moves a burnt out car from the road near the community of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne,  February 9, 2009. 
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An excavator moves a burnt out car from the road near the community of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool

An excavator moves a burnt out car from the road near the community of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool

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<p>People drive through burned forest near the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 10, 2009.

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People drive through burned forest near the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

People drive through burned forest near the town of Kinglake, north of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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<p>Firefighters extinguish a bushfire near a house on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009.  

REUTERS/Mick Tsikas </p>

Firefighters extinguish a bushfire near a house on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

Firefighters extinguish a bushfire near a house on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>Father Stephen Holmes of St. Peter's Anglican Church in the fire-ravaged town of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, searches through the remains of his church February 9, 2009. 

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Father Stephen Holmes of St. Peter's Anglican Church in the fire-ravaged town of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, searches through the remains of his church February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Trevor Pinder/Pool

Father Stephen Holmes of St. Peter's Anglican Church in the fire-ravaged town of Kinglake, northeast of Melbourne, searches through the remains of his church February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Trevor Pinder/Pool

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<p>The owners of a house destroyed by bushfires look for their belongings in the town of Flowerdale, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008.

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The owners of a house destroyed by bushfires look for their belongings in the town of Flowerdale, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

The owners of a house destroyed by bushfires look for their belongings in the town of Flowerdale, north of Melbourne, February 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>Firefighters work at the scene of a bushfire in the town of Kilmore East, north of Melbourne, February 9, 2009.  

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Firefighters work at the scene of a bushfire in the town of Kilmore East, north of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

Firefighters work at the scene of a bushfire in the town of Kilmore East, north of Melbourne, February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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<p>The remains of a shed destroyed by bushfires are seen in the town of Heathcote Junction, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. 

REUTERS/Mick Tsikas</p>

The remains of a shed destroyed by bushfires are seen in the town of Heathcote Junction, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

The remains of a shed destroyed by bushfires are seen in the town of Heathcote Junction, north of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>A firefighter climbs down from his truck at a bushfire near a house on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. 

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A firefighter climbs down from his truck at a bushfire near a house on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

A firefighter climbs down from his truck at a bushfire near a house on the outskirts of Healsville, northeast of Melbourne, February 10, 2009. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas

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<p>Emergency workers, including members of a Disaster Victim Identification Team, work at the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. 

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Emergency workers, including members of a Disaster Victim Identification Team, work at the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

Emergency workers, including members of a Disaster Victim Identification Team, work at the site of a destroyed house at Steels Creek, northeast of Melbourne, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Craig Borrow/Pool

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