Fires ravage south Australia; army to be deployed
By Tanalee Smith
The Associated Press
HEALESVILLE, Australia — The landscape was blackened as far as the eye could see by the deadliest wildfires in Australia's history, leaving the law officer to guard a checkpoint to a town that no longer existed.
"Marysville is no more," Senior Constable Brian Cross said Sunday from the road leading to the smoldering remains of the town, where witnesses said up to 90 percent of the buildings were in ruins. He added it to the list of casualties from the fire, which killed at least 108 people.
A fire truck moves away from out of control flames from a bushfire in the Bunyip Sate Forest near the township of Tonimbuk, 125 kilometers (78 miles) west of Melbourne, Saturday. (AP Photo)