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Wildfire Threat to Australian Towns Recedes as Weather Cools

Emergency workers battling wildfires west of Sydney said residents will be able to return to their mountain townships later today after the threat to life and homes receded.

“It would be safe to head back home tonight because the risk has been averted,” Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said at a televised news conference, while warning the danger from the fires burning in the Blue Mountains region and other parts of the state wasn’t over.