AUSTRALIA FIRE PHOTOS: Animals, Aerials & the Aftermath

AUSTRALIA FIRE PHOTOS: Animals, Aerials & the Aftermath
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Made molten by Australia's historic weekend wildfires, a car's former wheels streak the asphalt in the town of Bendigo on February 8, 2009. At least 166 people--some entombed in their cars--are believed dead as a result of the Australian fires as of February 9.

Paul Henry, one of hundreds of survivors gathered at a community center in the town of Whittlesea, said he had tried desperately to save two car-bound victims during his own escape through miles of fires, according to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph.

"I tried to open the door handle, but I couldn't even touch it--it was too hot, the flames were too close," said Henry, 48. "So I had to watch them screaming."

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