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Vic: Victoria braces for rise in bushire death toll

07 Feb 2009 10:29 PM

Victoria police say they fear 40 people may have perished in today's bushfires .. that have wreaked havoc on the state.

Late tonight .. Deputy police commissioner KIERAN WALSHE confirmed 14 people are known to have died in the savage fires so far.

Deputy commissioner WALSHE says all the known deaths happened in a fire northwest of Melbourne .. at Kinglake .. nearby Wandong .. and at Strathewen and Clonbinane.