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Australia fire death toll reaches 210

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  • Police working to identify people killed in bushfires say death toll now 210
  • Australian officials say 2,029 homes were destroyed
  • Seven fires were still burning late Tuesday
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(CNN) -- The death toll from bushfires in southeastern Australia has risen to 210, police in the state of Victoria said Tuesday.

Victoria Police said they are still working to identify all the victims of the fires that have raged since early this month.

At least 2,029 homes have been destroyed in the blazes, according to Australian news outlets that quoted Bruce Esplin, the emergency services coordinator for Victoria. That is an increase from the previous estimate of 1,800.

Seven fires were burning as of late Tuesday, the Country Fire Authority said, and several still posed a threat to residents.

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