Scores of Australians flee new wildfire flare-ups


Monday, February 23rd 2009, 12:12 pm
By: News 9


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Some of the fires that have been burning in southern Australia for weeks have flared up again.
   Scores of people fled their homes amid rising temperatures and strong winds.
   The fires are being contained in unpopulated areas by firefighters hosing down the edges and building firebreaks.
   Queen Elizabeth II's daughter Princess Anne toured the disaster zone today. She arrived in Australia yesterday to attend ceremonies marking a national day of mourning for the victims of this month's firestorms.
   The Feb. 7 fires in Victoria killed more than 200 people and destroyed more than 1,800 homes.e fled their homes amid rising temperatures and strong winds.
   The fires are being contained in unpopulated areas by firefighters hosing down the edges and building firebreaks.
   Queen Elizabeth II's daughter Princess Anne toured the disaster zone today. She arrived in Australia yesterday to attend ceremonies marking a national day of mourning for the victims of this month's firestorms.
   The Feb. 7 fires in Victoria killed more than 200 people and destroyed more than 1,800 homes.