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Firefighters spray water on a smoldering tree in the wake of a bushfire near Bumbalong in New South Wales, Australia. February has brought much-needed rain to the state, where fires have burned about 13.3 million acres of land. Loren Elliott/Reuters hide caption

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Golf-ball-sized hail carpets a street in Canberra on Monday, in a new twist on Australia's summer of extreme weather. The Australian Capital Territory's emergency service said it received a record number of calls for help — more than 1,900. Ying Tan/via Reuters hide caption

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Activists protest outside the Australian Embassy in London, accusing Australia's government of inadequately responding to the fires and an overall climate emergency. Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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Firefighters struggle Tuesday against the strong wind in an effort to secure nearby houses from bush fires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Ferocious wildfires were burning at emergency-level intensity across Australia's New South Wales, most populous state, on Tuesday as authorities warned most populations in their paths that there was no longer time to flee. Dan Peled/AP hide caption

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A firefighter monitors a fire on Saturday near Port Macquarie in New South Wales. Australia's most populous state has been subject to a large outbreak of wildfires because of drought conditions. Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The 12-year-old boy who Australian police say drove some 800 miles solo likely traveled down roads like this one near the remote town of Broken Hill in New South Wales. Rob Griffith/AP hide caption

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