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2003 Canberra bushfires


Flashback - Canberra: 2003 bushfires


Australian capital Canberra declares state of emergency over bushfire threat


Australia fires: out of control bushfires continue to burn near Canberra


Flights grounded as bushfire rages in Canberra | Nine News Australia


State of emergency declared for ACT | Nine News Australia

The 2003 Canberra bushfires caused severe damage to the suburbs and outer areas of Canberra, the capital city of Australia, during 18–22 January 2003. Almost 70% of the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) pastures, pine plantations, and nature parks were severely damaged, and most of the Mount Stromlo Observatory was destroyed. After burning for a week around the edges of the ACT, the fires entered the suburbs of Canberra on 18 January 2003. Over the next ten hours, four people died, over 490 were injured, and 470 homes were destroyed or severely damaged, requiring a significant relief and reconstruction effort.
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