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Aftermath of Coonabarabran

NSW most destructive fire in more than a decade has already destroyed 51 properties, and is now in the region of homes at its southern end. Prime Minister Julia Gillard drove through the Timor Road in Warrumbungle National Park, the epicentre of the inferno, which opened on Wednesday for the first time since for residents, to see the extent of their losses. Selected images available from www.fairfaxsyndication.com