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Fires burn in Sydney as snow freezes Victoria

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 - 00:43

Dec. 5 - Bushfires threaten homes in Sydney, Australia while snow falls in parts of Victoria on the fifth day of summer. Travis Brecher reports.

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A bushfire here in northern Sydney, near Lane Cove National Park, is threatening a number of homes. Firefighters are working to contain the blaze as smoke from the flames forces the closure of major motorways - causing widespread traffic problems. Local media said the fire service believe the blaze was sparked by arson. Meanwhile the southern state of Victoria has been hit with a snow storm on the fifth day of summer. Local reports said that temperatures dropped to 1.7 degrees Celcius, and that about six centimetres of snow had already fallen.

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Fires burn in Sydney as snow freezes Victoria

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 - 00:43