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Australian wildfires spare observatory, uncover bush drug lab

The Redbank North Fire burns close to the Newell Hwy near Coonabarabran, about 350km (217 miles) north west of Sydney, in this handout picture provided by the Rural Fire Service on January 14, 2013. REUTERS/NSW Rural Fire Service/Handout

The Redbank North Fire burns close to the Newell Hwy near Coonabarabran, about 350km (217 miles) north west of Sydney, in this handout picture provided by the Rural Fire Service on January 14, 2013. REUTERS/NSW Rural Fire Service/Handout

The Redbank North Fire burns close to the Newell Hwy near Coonabarabran, about 350km (217 miles) north west of Sydney, in this handout picture provided by the Rural Fire Service on January 14, 2013. REUTERS/NSW Rural Fire Service/Handout
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The Wambelong fire burns near the Siding Springs Observatory, about 350km (217 miles) north west of Sydney, in this handout picture provided by the Rural Fire Service on January 14, 2013. REUTERS/NSW Rural Fire Service/Handout

The Wambelong fire burns near the Siding Springs Observatory, about 350km (217 miles) north west of Sydney, in this handout picture provided by the Rural Fire Service on January 14, 2013. REUTERS/NSW Rural Fire Service/Handout

The Wambelong fire burns near the Siding Springs Observatory, about 350km (217 miles) north west of Sydney, in this handout picture provided by the Rural Fire Service on January 14, 2013. REUTERS/NSW Rural Fire Service/Handout
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Buildings at the Siding Springs Observatory lie in ruins after being destroyed by a bushfire, about 350km (217 miles) north west of Sydney, in this handout picture provided by the Rural Fire Service on January 14, 2013. REUTERS/NSW Rural Fire Service/Handout

Buildings at the Siding Springs Observatory lie in ruins after being destroyed by a bushfire, about 350km (217 miles) north west of Sydney, in this handout picture provided by the Rural Fire Service on January 14, 2013. REUTERS/NSW Rural Fire...more

Buildings at the Siding Springs Observatory lie in ruins after being destroyed by a bushfire, about 350km (217 miles) north west of Sydney, in this handout picture provided by the Rural Fire Service on January 14, 2013. REUTERS/NSW Rural Fire Service/Handout
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