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In Pictures: Wildfires rage in Australia

Parts of New South Wales were placed on high alert on Tuesday after the risk of wildfires was classed as 'catastrophic'.
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 13:58


DAMIAN SHAW/EPA
People swim and cool down in the Pacific at Bondi Beach, Sydney. The temperature reached 42 Celsius on Tuesday afternoon.


MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
As the Sydneysiders cool off, authorities warned New South Wales state faced one of the highest-risk fire days in its history.


LUKAS COCH/EPA
New South Wales has a total fire ban with some regions placed under 'catastrophic' fire conditions. Despite the precautions, many places were still scorched, including this in Oura, near Wagga Wagga.


/Andrew Thomas
Boomer Bay in Tasmania has been razed to the ground. Bushfires swept across the island state leaving around 100 people unaccounted for and several feared dead.


/Andrew Thomas
This photo gives an indication of just how hot the wild blaze must have been. At one point, 25 people had to run onto the jetty to escape the flames.


/Andrew Thomas
Dunalley in southeastern Tasmania has been cut off from both the city of Hobart and the Tasman Peninsula since the blaze ripped through on Friday.


/Andrew Thomas
The wild fires destroyed all in its path. This primary school has been totally gutted as the flames were fanned by hot, dry and very dangerous northwesterly winds.


/Andrew Thomas
In places, the fires burnt right up to the water's edge. Many fires are still blazing in Tasmania, which have already destroyed more than 20,000 hectares of bushland.


/Andrew Thomas
After the flames have been extinguished, there's an eerie beauty to what's been left behind.


/Andrew Thomas
At least five major fires are still burning out of control across Tasmania, including blazes on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley. Firefighters battled winds with gusts of 70kph.


/Andrew Thomas
Hobart is expected to reach a maximum of around 16C on Wednesday, after a historic high of 42C last Friday. Winds could still gust up to 45kph, but even that will be some improvement.


/Andrew Thomas
The worst does appear to be over for now, and rain is forecast across Tasmania on Wednesday which should help to extinguish the flames.


/Gerry Images
There should also be some improvement across New South Wales on Wednesday as well. Temperatures are expected to be nearer 25C with a chance of light rain.



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People swim and cool down in the Pacific at Bondi Beach, Sydney. The temperature reached 42 Celsius on Tuesday afternoon.;*;As the Sydneysiders cool off, authorities warned New South Wales state faced one of the highest-risk fire days in its history.;*;New South Wales has a total fire ban with some regions placed under \(***)catastrophic\(***) fire conditions. Despite the precautions, many places were still scorched, including this in Oura, near Wagga Wagga. ;*;Boomer Bay in Tasmania has been razed to the ground. Bushfires swept across the island state leaving around 100 people unaccounted for and several feared dead.;*;This photo gives an indication of just how hot the wild blaze must have been. At one point, 25 people had to run onto the jetty to escape the flames.;*;Dunalley in southeastern Tasmania has been cut off from both the city of Hobart and the Tasman Peninsula since the blaze ripped through on Friday.;*;The wild fires destroyed all in its path. This primary school has been totally gutted as the flames were fanned by hot, dry and very dangerous northwesterly winds.;*;In places, the fires burnt right up to the water\(***)s edge. Many fires are still blazing in Tasmania, which have already destroyed more than 20,000 hectares of bushland.;*;After the flames have been extinguished, there\(***)s an eerie beauty to what\(***)s been left behind. ;*;At least five major fires are still burning out of control across Tasmania, including blazes on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley. Firefighters battled winds with gusts of 70kph.;*;Hobart is expected to reach a maximum of around 16C on Wednesday, after a historic high of 42C last Friday. Winds could still gust up to 45kph, but even that will be some improvement.;*;The worst does appear to be over for now, and rain is forecast across Tasmania on Wednesday which should help to extinguish the flames.;*;There should also be some improvement across New South Wales on Wednesday as well. Temperatures are expected to be nearer 25C with a chance of light rain. Daylife ID:
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Australian Fireshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Firesen-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Tue, 08 Jan 2013 08:45:42 GMTTue, 08 Jan 2013 13:54:57 GMTSydney heatwavehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0asl32L3Tr3bj

People swim and cool down in the Pacific at Bondi Beach, Sydney. The temperature reached 42 Celsius on Tuesday afternoon.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 03:18:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0asl32L3Tr3bjDAMIAN SHAWEPAEPA Images

People swim and cool down in the Pacific at Bondi Beach, Sydney. The temperature reached 42 Celsius on Tuesday afternoon.

Sydney heatwave
Fire risk increaseshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=04L3cVyerP1vT

As the Sydneysiders cool off, authorities warned New South Wales state faced one of the highest-risk fire days in its history.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 06:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=04L3cVyerP1vTMANAN VATSYAYANAAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

As the Sydneysiders cool off, authorities warned New South Wales state faced one of the highest-risk fire days in its history.

Fire risk increases
New South Wales bushfireshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0cyF8uYfKAaaU

New South Wales has a total fire ban with some regions placed under 'catastrophic' fire conditions. Despite the precautions, many places were still scorched, including this in Oura, near Wagga Wagga.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 04:14:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0cyF8uYfKAaaULUKAS COCHEPAEPA Images

New South Wales has a total fire ban with some regions placed under 'catastrophic' fire conditions. Despite the precautions, many places were still scorched, including this in Oura, near Wagga Wagga.

New South Wales bushfires
Tinder-dry Tasmaniahttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=09pJgRG7Bd6N7

Boomer Bay in Tasmania has been razed to the ground. Bushfires swept across the island state leaving around 100 people unaccounted for and several feared dead.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=09pJgRG7Bd6N7Andrew ThomasAl Jazeera Upload Images

Boomer Bay in Tasmania has been razed to the ground. Bushfires swept across the island state leaving around 100 people unaccounted for and several feared dead.

Tinder-dry Tasmania
Boomer Bay destructionhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0dNi1NVenAfL4

This photo gives an indication of just how hot the wild blaze must have been. At one point, 25 people had to run onto the jetty to escape the flames.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0dNi1NVenAfL4Andrew ThomasAl Jazeera Upload Images

This photo gives an indication of just how hot the wild blaze must have been. At one point, 25 people had to run onto the jetty to escape the flames.

Boomer Bay destruction
Southeast of the island has been worst hithttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=095PgnK0ld31w

Dunalley in southeastern Tasmania has been cut off from both the city of Hobart and the Tasman Peninsula since the blaze ripped through on Friday.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=095PgnK0ld31wAndrew ThomasAl Jazeera Upload Images

Dunalley in southeastern Tasmania has been cut off from both the city of Hobart and the Tasman Peninsula since the blaze ripped through on Friday.

Southeast of the island has been worst hit
Utter devastationhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0fnGg067Jr7AT

The wild fires destroyed all in its path. This primary school has been totally gutted as the flames were fanned by hot, dry and very dangerous northwesterly winds.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0fnGg067Jr7ATAndrew ThomasAl Jazeera Upload Images

The wild fires destroyed all in its path. This primary school has been totally gutted as the flames were fanned by hot, dry and very dangerous northwesterly winds.

Utter devastation
No blade left unscorchedhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=00tV0Xi5v8ghS

In places, the fires burnt right up to the water's edge. Many fires are still blazing in Tasmania, which have already destroyed more than 20,000 hectares of bushland.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=00tV0Xi5v8ghSAndrew ThomasAl Jazeera Upload Images

In places, the fires burnt right up to the water's edge. Many fires are still blazing in Tasmania, which have already destroyed more than 20,000 hectares of bushland.

No blade left unscorched
The ashes http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=01GA7OVeUXfZJ

After the flames have been extinguished, there's an eerie beauty to what's been left behind.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=01GA7OVeUXfZJAndrew ThomasAl Jazeera Upload Images

After the flames have been extinguished, there's an eerie beauty to what's been left behind.

The ashes
Fire swept across the hills.http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0g2A1ZGaKpa5B

At least five major fires are still burning out of control across Tasmania, including blazes on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley. Firefighters battled winds with gusts of 70kph.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0g2A1ZGaKpa5BAndrew ThomasAl Jazeera Upload Images

At least five major fires are still burning out of control across Tasmania, including blazes on the Tasman Peninsula and in the Derwent Valley. Firefighters battled winds with gusts of 70kph.

Fire swept across the hills.
Trees blackenedhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0eBmbMuan98Qs

Hobart is expected to reach a maximum of around 16C on Wednesday, after a historic high of 42C last Friday. Winds could still gust up to 45kph, but even that will be some improvement.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0eBmbMuan98QsAndrew ThomasAl Jazeera Upload Images

Hobart is expected to reach a maximum of around 16C on Wednesday, after a historic high of 42C last Friday. Winds could still gust up to 45kph, but even that will be some improvement.

Trees blackened
Smouldering hay bales near Sorrell http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0aJ87QD9UN5ai

The worst does appear to be over for now, and rain is forecast across Tasmania on Wednesday which should help to extinguish the flames.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0aJ87QD9UN5aiAndrew ThomasAl Jazeera Upload Images

The worst does appear to be over for now, and rain is forecast across Tasmania on Wednesday which should help to extinguish the flames.

Smouldering hay bales near Sorrell
Catastrophic!http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0doB7nK4Ul5Sf

There should also be some improvement across New South Wales on Wednesday as well. Temperatures are expected to be nearer 25C with a chance of light rain.

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Australian-Fires?image_id=0doB7nK4Ul5SfGerry ImagesAl Jazeera Upload Images

There should also be some improvement across New South Wales on Wednesday as well. Temperatures are expected to be nearer 25C with a chance of light rain.

Catastrophic!


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