Australian fires more contained


Firefighters in Australia took advantage of lighter winds Friday to strengthen containment lines around several big blazes as they started to get on top of a nine-day bush-fire emergency.

A fire service spokeswoman said crews were taking advantage of the better conditions to strengthen containment lines and continue aggressive back-burning — a tactic aimed at creating firebreaks to control the path of blazes.

As firefighting efforts continued, the body of a pilot killed when his fixed-wing water-bomber crashed in rugged terrain while tackling a blaze south of Sydney on Thursday was recovered.