IN PICTURES: Family flees Australian wildfire

Incredible pictures have emerged of one family's attempts to escape the wildfires ravaging Australia.

In the striking series of images a grandmother and her grandchildren are forced to take to the water as the flames engulf their home and land.

Taken on January 4, the photos show Tammy Holmes and her grandchildren - Caleb (6), Esther (4), Liam (9), Matilda (11) and Charlotte (2) taking refuge under a jetty as a wildfire rages nearby.

The images were shot by Tammy's husband Tim at their home close to the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart.

The family credits God with their survival from the fire that destroyed around 90 homes in Dunalley.

Record temperatures across southern Australia cooled Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, reducing the danger from scores of raging wildfires but likely bringing only a brief reprieve from the summer's extreme heat and fire risk.

(All pictures: AP Photo/Holmes Family, Tim Holmes)

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