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Firefighters battle some of the most destructive bushfires to ever strike country's most populous state.
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Firefighters continue to battle some of the most destructive bushfires to ever strike Australia's most populous state, with higher temperatures and winds expected to intensify the danger in the coming days.

Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed, and the premier of New South Wales has declared a state of emergency.

Bushfires are common in Australia's summer months from December-February. An unusually dry and warm winter and record spring temperatures prompted the 2013/14 fire season to start early with warnings of a long, tough summer ahead.


/David Gray/Reuters

Ferries sail past the Sydney Opera House as smoke from bushfires can be seen above.

/David Gray/Reuters

A Rural Fire Service firefighter sprays water onto a small fire burning near a home in western Sydney.

/David Gray/Reuters

A resident looks at the remains of his family's house in the Blue Mountains suburb of Winmalee, about 70km west of Sydney.

/David Gray/Reuters

More than 200 homes have been destroyed as fires burned through thousands of hectares of bush, farms and rural communities.

/David Gray/Reuters

A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales state, Australia's most populous.

/David Gray/Reuters

Local resident reacts as she inspects her family's house after it was destroyed by a bushfire in the Blue Mountains suburb of Winmalee.

/David Gray/Reuters

Forecasts for a return of hot, windy weather raised fears that three of the most dangerous Blue Mountains blazes could join up to form a massive "mega-fire".

/EPA/Dan Himbrechts

People affected by a blaze return to their home after a devastating bushfire passed through at Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

/EPA/Dan Himbrechts

A family affected by a blaze comfort each other as they return to their home in Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

/Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

One man has died and dozens of properties have been destroyed as fires devastate the Blue Mountains and Central Coast regions.

/EPA/James Brickwood / POOL

Australians were warned on October 18 that the worst forest fires in a decade were likely to claim more lives, after a 63-year-old man who suffered a heart attack while trying to defend his home became the first reported victim.

/EPA/NSW Rural Fire Service/ HO

A photo from the New South Wales emergency service shows smoke billowing from a bushfire on Linksview Road in Springwood.

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Ferries sail past the Sydney Opera House as smoke from bushfires can be seen above, in Sydney.

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Ferries sail past the Sydney Opera House as smoke from bushfires can be seen above, in Sydney.

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A Rural Fire Service firefighter sprays water onto a small fire burning near a home in western Sydney .

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A Rural Fire Service firefighter sprays water onto a small fire burning near a home in western Sydney .

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Local resident Colin Smith looks at the remains of his family's house after it was destroyed by a bushfire in the Blue Mountains suburb of Winmalee, located around 70 km west of Sydney.

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Local resident Colin Smith looks at the remains of his family's house after it was destroyed by a bushfire in the Blue Mountains suburb of Winmalee, located around 70 km west of Sydney.

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More than 200 homes have been destroyed since last Thursday as scores of fires burned through thousands of hectares of bush, farms and rural communities outside Sydney.

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More than 200 homes have been destroyed since last Thursday as scores of fires burned through thousands of hectares of bush, farms and rural communities outside Sydney.

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A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales (NSW) state, Australia's most populous.

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A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales (NSW) state, Australia's most populous.

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Local resident reacts as she inspects her family's house after it was destroyed by a bushfire in the Blue Mountains suburb of Winmalee, located around 70 km west of Sydney .

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Local resident reacts as she inspects her family's house after it was destroyed by a bushfire in the Blue Mountains suburb of Winmalee, located around 70 km west of Sydney .

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Forecasts for a return of hot, windy weather later this week has raised fears that three of the most dangerous blazes in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney could join up to form a massive "mega-fire", according to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

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Forecasts for a return of hot, windy weather later this week has raised fears that three of the most dangerous blazes in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney could join up to form a massive "mega-fire", according to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

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A family affected by a blaze comfort each other as they return to their home after a devastating bushfire passed through at Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

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A family affected by a blaze comfort each other as they return to their home after a devastating bushfire passed through at Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

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One man has died and dozens of properties have been destroyed in bushfires that are devastating the Blue Mountains and Central Coast regions of New South Wales.

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One man has died and dozens of properties have been destroyed in bushfires that are devastating the Blue Mountains and Central Coast regions of New South Wales.

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Australians were warned on 18 October 2013 that the worst forest fires in a decade were likely to claim more lives, after a 63-year-old man who suffered a heart attack while trying to defend his home became the first reported victim.

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Australians were warned on 18 October 2013 that the worst forest fires in a decade were likely to claim more lives, after a 63-year-old man who suffered a heart attack while trying to defend his home became the first reported victim.

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A handout photo made available by New South Wales emergency service shows smoke billowing from a bushfire on Linksview Road in Springwood, New South Wales.

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A handout photo made available by New South Wales emergency service shows smoke billowing from a bushfire on Linksview Road in Springwood, New South Wales.



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