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Huge wildfire kills at least 2, injures others and destroys homes in southern Australia


ADELAIDE, Australia — Officials say at least two people have been killed and several others injured by huge wildfires that also destroyed homes near the southern Australian city of Adelaide and continue to burn out of control.

South Australia state Premier Jay Weatherill said on Wednesday two bodies have been recovered and a report remains unconfirmed of a third person killed when a car hit a tree in the razed rural area.

He says firefighters were among those injured by the blaze that has scorched 85,000 hectares (210,000 acres) of farm and woodland and threatens several towns near Adelaide, the state's capital and largest city.

Country Fire Service chief officer Greg Nettleton says the blaze remains uncontrolled Wednesday night with more than 300 firefighters at the 40-kilometer (25-mile) fire front.

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