Homes destroyed in Australian west coast wildfires
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Homes destroyed in Australian west coast wildfires

Several homes have been destroyed and three people have been injured as wildfires raged out of control on Wednesday north of the west coast city of Perth.

Up to 20 homes were destroyed in and near the township of Toodyay, 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Perth, since late Tuesday, Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Australian Associated Press reported.

Western Australia state Fire and Emergency Services Authority spokesman Kevin Archer told ABC radio early Wednesday that the numbers of homes destroyed could not be confirmed.

Two fire fighters had been treated for smoke inhalation on Tuesday and a third had been treated for a heat-related illness, Archer said.

Toodyay had been evacuated on Tuesday. The fire there has burned over 6,700 acres (2,700 hectares) of forest and farm land by Wednesday and remained out of control, Archer said.

A second major fire remained out of control since Tuesday after burning 1,200 acres (500 hectares) near the village of Badgingarra, 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Perth, he said.

The summer wildfire season is peaking across much of Australia although parts of New South Wales state in the east have been flooded by recent heavy rain.

Associated Press