Fire fighters try to control wildfires in Australia

  • 18 October 2013
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Ricky reports on the Australian wildfires...

Fire fighters are trying to control major wildfires raging through New South Wales in Australia.

Just outside of Australia's biggest city, Sydney, hundreds of homes have been destroyed and thousands of people have been forced to head to emergency shelters.

Wildfires are common in Australia but they've come earlier than normal this year as it's been so hot and windy.

One man has died while trying to save his house from the fire.