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Australia bushfires: What caused them and what is the latest?

HUNDREDS of fires have been found burning across Australia with the most extreme claiming lives.

Authorities have warned of severe fire danger across the country. But what caused them?

What caused the Australia bushfires?

This is one of Australia's worst wildfire seasons and it is occurring even before the start of the Southern Hemisphere summer, with parts of the country already crippled by severe drought.

Scorching temperatures of up to 35C and gusty winds are encouraging the devastating blazes and last week fire chiefs said they were into "uncharted territory".

What is the latest?

Firefighters discovered the body of the body of one victim in a burned out car near Glen Innes, 340 miles north of Sydney on Friday.

A woman was found suffering from severe burns in the town that day and was taken to hospital but died shortly soon after.

More than 150 homes have been destroyed in NSW with many more threatened.

Heartbreaking photos show Prime Minister Scott Morrison comforting 85-year-old Owen Whalan, who broke down in tears after losing his property in Koorainghat.

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