Australia bushfires: 5 things to know about the crisis

Firefighters attempt to extinguish a bushfire at the Windsor Downs Nature Reserve, near Sydney September 10, 2013. More than 550 firefighters are working on several bush fires across New South Wales (NSW) that have left one house destroyed and six firefighters injured, according to the NSW Rural Fire Services

Nearly 15 million acres are estimated to have burned Image: REUTERS/Daniel Munoz

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A koala named Sam is given a drink of water by Country Fire Authority volunteer fire fighter Dave Tree as he rescued her after deadly fires swept through the area of Mirboo North, about 120km (75 miles) southeast of Melbourne, February 8, 2009.
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