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Latest News Wires Wildfires, aided by hot conditions, rage across southeast Australia

With temperatures soaring above the 100 degree mark, firefighters battle the heat as well as high winds. National parks have been evacuated, as well.

By Rod McGuirkAssociated Press / January 8, 2013

New South Wales Rural Fire Service/AP

Firefighters battled scores of wildfires Tuesday in southeastern Australia as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level.