TODAY   |  October 20, 2013

Wildfires continue to rage in Australia

A state of emergency has been declared in the Australian state of New South Wales as fires in the state continue to burn. So far, 200 homes have been destroyed and one person has died. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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>>> a state of emergency has been declared in a region near sydney, as dangerous wildfires rage on. the declaration came after weather forecasts showed a combination of warm, dry weather and strong winds. fire officials say so far, the wildfires have destroyed more than 200 homes and killed at least one man.