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Bushfires in Australia engulf homes near Perth

7 February 2011 Last updated at 06:40 GMT

Bushfires raging on the outskirts of Perth in Western Australia have destroyed at least 59 homes.

Firefighters are battling blazes to the east and north of the city, with the area declared a natural disaster zone.

High flames are being whipped up by winds of up to 70km/h (44mph). Hundreds of people have left their homes.

The BBC's Nick Bryant in Sydney says there seems to be no end to Australia's summer of disasters.