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SHOTLIST:

AuBC - Courtesy /no Access Australia -- AP Clients Only

New South Wales, Australia - Jan. 19

1. Aerial of helicopter collecting water to water bomb fire

2. Firefighters sitting on top of fire engine, watching helicopter fly off with water bomb

3. Various Aerials of flames

4. Aerial of smoke from bushfire

5. Tilt down of helicopter dumping its load of water

6. Mid of fire fighters standing on a road, preparing to fight fire

AuBC - Courtesy /no Access Australia -- AP Clients Only

Seaton, Australia - Jan. 19

7. Aerial of people sifting through wreckage of house

8. Police next to destroyed house

9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Detective Jeff Maher, Victoria Police: (Transcribed Below)

10. Aerial of wreckage of house and burnt out cars

11. Wide of firefighters standing at smouldering ground

12. Wide aerial of smoke from fires

AuBC - Courtesy /no Access Australia -- AP Clients Only

New South Wales, Australia - Jan. 19

13. Aerial shot of flames

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

A DROP IN TEMPERATURES SATURDAY HAS AIDED FIREFIGHTERS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF AUSTRALIA.

BUT MORE THAN 120 FIRES ARE STILL BURNING, AND ACCORDING TO LOCAL MEDIA -- MORE THAN TWO DOZEN FIRES ARE STILL BURNING OUT OF CONTROL.

AUTHORITIES BELIEVE LIGHTNING STRIKES STARTED A NUMBER OF NEW BLAZES -- INCLUDING A FIRE IN A NATIONAL PARK JUST NORTH OF SYDNEY.

HELICOPTERS SPENT THE DAY WATERBOMBING THE FIRE -- AS FIREFIGHTERS STOOD BY IN CASE THE BLAZE THREATENED HOMES AND PROPERTY.

IN VICTORIA -- RESIDENTS WHO LOST HOMES RETURNED TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE AS POLICE AND AND FIRE INVESTIGATORS TRIED TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE.

SOUNDBITE: Detective Jeff Maher, Victoria Police:

"Too early to say whether, you know, it was deliberate. And, as I said, at this point in time we're just going through the investigation mode."

AUTHORITIES SAY A MAN WHO WAS TRAPPED IN HIS CAR IN VICTORIA DIED ON FRIDAY.

POLICE BELIEVE HE WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO BE KILLED IN THE HUNDREDS OF WILDFIRES THAT HAVE BEEN RAGING ACROSS AUSTRALIA SINCE THE SUMMER BEGAN.

SIGOUT - ED DONAHUE/Associated Press

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