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Australian family narrowly escapes wildfires

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In this Jan. 4, 2013, photo provided by the Holmes family, Tammy Holmes, second from left, and her grandchildren (L-R), two-year-old Charlotte Walker, four-year-old Esther Walker, nine-year-old Liam Walker, eleven-year-old Matilda, and six-year-old Caleb Walker, take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages near-by in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia. The family credits God with their survival from the fire that destroyed around 90 homes in Dunalley. Record temperatures across southern Australia cooled Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, reducing the danger from scores of raging wildfires but likely bringing only a brief reprieve from the summer’s extreme heat and fire risk.

Tim Holmes/AP

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The Walker siblings (L-R) six-year-old Caleb, four-year-old Esther,, eleven-year-old Matilda, holding two-year-old Charlotte, and nine-year-old Liam, prepare to enter the water to take refuge with their grandparents under a jetty as a wildfire rages nearby in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia.

Tim Holmes/AP

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The Walker siblings (L-R)six-year-old Caleb, four-year-old Esther, nine-year-old Liam, and eleven-year-old Matilda, holding two-year-old Charlotte, prepare to enter the water to take refuge with their grandparents under a jetty as a wildfire rages nearby in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia.

Tim Holmes/AP

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A building burns near a jetty where Tim and Tammy Holmes attempt to shelter their five grandchildren as a wildfire rages nearby in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia.

Tim Holmes/AP

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Tammy Holmes and her grandchildren take refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages nearby in the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, Australia.

Tim Holmes/AP

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