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South Australia bushfire destroys homes

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More than 100 firefighters are working to contain a bushfire in Australia that has burned 2,000 hectares of land and destroyed at least seven homes.

The fire broke out in Tulka, near Port Lincoln in South Australia, on Sunday.

It is not clear how it began, but dry weather conditions meant it spread quickly.

The fire was now burning within containment lines and did not currently pose a threat to life and property, the Country Fire Service (CFS) said.

But the fire was not yet under control, it added, and could pose a threat to Tulka township if wind conditions changed.

"When this fire started it took off at incredible speed," Country Fire Service spokesman Malim Watts said.

Several areas in Australia suffer from the threat of bushfires, because of the country's hot, dry climate.

Some 173 people were killed when fires tore across Victoria state, in south-eastern Australia, in February 2009.

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