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Wildfires destroy homes in Tasmania

SYDNEY — Australia’s island state of Tasmania is recovering from wildfires that destroyed more than 100 properties and displaced more than 2,000 people as the continent braces for a second week of extreme heat.

Australia is sending financial aid and extra firefighters to Tasmania. The government plans grants of as much as $9,300 to help people in fire-stricken communities cover living expenses and find new homes, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.

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