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Australia, Jan 31 (Canadian-Media): A state of emergency was declared Friday in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) -- the first fire emergency in ACT since 2003 -- because of an out-of-control forest fire burning to its south, media reports said
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Being the most dangerous of dozens of blazes burning in Australia's drought-stricken southeast, this fire has blazed more than 214 square kilometres caused by heat from a military helicopter landing light on Monday and had embers have created dangerous spot fires nearby, the Emergency Services Agency said.
Rise in summer temperatures rise over the weekend, would cause an escalation of fire danger across the southeast in the ACT and the states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, according to the forecast giving additional powers to Canberra's local government to block roads, direct people's movements and undertake firefighting work on private land.