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Misery as bushfires engulf homes on outskirts of Perth

Bushfires raging out of control on the outskirts of Perth in Western Australia have destroyed at least 59 homes.

Firefighters are battling blazes to the east and north of the city, with the area declared a natural disaster zone.

High flames are being whipped up by winds of up to 70km/h (44mph). Hundreds of people have left their homes.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said that residents and firefighters in the area face an ongoing battle.

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