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Wildfire smoke rises from hills behind the village of Numeralla in New South Wales state on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Wildfires raged across much of southeast Australia. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Wildfires ravage Australia

January 8, 2013

Record temperatures across southern Australia

cooled at the end of the week, reducing the danger from scores of raging wildfires

but likely bringing only a brief reprieve from the summer's extreme heat

and fire risk.