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 Monday, 20 January, 2003, 11:45 GMT
In pictures: Australian bush fires
As Canberra braces for new bush fires, people count the cost of a weekend when flames licked into the Australian capital's suburbs.

Residents prepare to evacuate their homes in Canberra
The bush fires are still breathing down on Canberra

Australian parliament in smoke haze
National institutions are now caught in the drama

Home-owner sprays his roof with water
Some citizens are doing whatever they can to protect their property

Ruined home in Canberra suburbs
But for many it is too late, and there will be no returning to their fire-ravaged homes

Canberra man shows family heirlooms charred by fire
The firestorm which hit the suburbs gave people little time to evacuate with their valuables

The observatory near Canberra
The fire also robbed the country of valuable archives when it hit Mount Stromlo Observatory...

Dead kangaroo in charred forest near Canberra
...and, as is always the case with bush fires, the country's unique flora and fauna suffered.

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