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Last Updated: Friday February 13 2009 16:22 GMT

Australia begins fires recovery

Ricky finds out about aid in Australia

A man in Australia has been charged by police there with starting a fire on purpose that killed 21 people.

The 39-year-old man could be sent to prison for 25 years if he is found guilty of starting fires.

So far 181 people are known to have been killed by the fires, which are the worst in the history of Australia.

Now the fires are calming down people are thinking about what will happen next, and lots of camps have started opening to look after people.

Around 1,600 houses have been destroyed, and more than 5,000 people have been left homeless by the fires.

Ricky in Australia
Some of them are living in tents, while the Australian Army has also opened up some of its bases for people to stay in.

A celeb-packed telethon has been held in Australia to raise money to help people and people gave around 34m.

Now politicians are talking about putting together a fire warning system across the country.

The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said: "I am determined to see this thing implemented across the nation. If it means cracking heads to ensure it happens we'll do that."